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Taking Grace For Granted

By Don Loftis | 08.29.18

A Canadian lady took to Facebook to express her anger towards friends and family whom she felt had ruined her wedding.  It seems she had set in motion an elaborate wedding that was going to cost in excess of $46,000 (USD), but she had no money to pay for it.  Her solution was to include a line in her wedding invitations that those attending would be asked to make a $1500 donation at the door for the privilege of witnessing the exchange of vows.  She called off the wedding and blasted her cheap and thoughtless friends, when no one accepted the invite.


Depending on your mood, the story likely leaves you amused, amazed or appalled.  How can people be so presumptuous and demanding?  Yet, sometimes we treat God that way.  We “make deals” with Him in our prayers or demand certain responses to our requests.  We live as we want and assume that the Lord will be excited to welcome us through the pearly gates.


In Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount, He made this observation: “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” (Mt. 7:22-23).


God’s grace is powerful and reassuring, but we must never feel that we deserve it.  In fact, grace that is merited ceases to be grace and becomes a work.  We are thankful for the Lord’s generosity, but we are ever humbled by the fact that we deserve none of it.


By the way, whatever happened to being thankful for a toaster?



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