But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth. Revelation 2:14-16 (NKJV)
There is little doubt in most people’s minds that our nation is in serious trouble. The church, even for its multitude of sermons on God’s love and limitless grace, has been ineffective in turning this country towards righteousness. The body of Christ in America has become “nicer than God.” We have convinced ourselves that since God’s grace costs us nothing, it comes cheap, and as a result, we value it little. We tolerate that which God says He hates, and evil proliferates.
We are infatuated with God’s grace, but have not been transformed by it.
The grace of God is not a free pass to live life as we please. The power inherent in God’s vast and wondrous grace is earth-shattering, life-changing, and all-encompassing. God extends His grace to the humble and contrite.
God’s grace transforms; it does not coddle; it does not excuse.
If we continue to live unrepentant, unchanged lives, tolerating behavior which God has told us we should not, then God’s grace has not transformed us.
If we continue to fill our empty lives with more possessions, more activities, more vanity, then God’s grace has not transformed us.
If, in our infatuation with a cheap and easy grace, we have ignored God’s holiness, righteousness, and justice, then God’s grace has not transformed us.
And the great power of God’s grace will remain far from us.
For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:9-11 (NKJV)
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