Unlimited: The Grace of God Has No Terms and Conditions
Sep 3, 2021 296
This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent (John 6:29).
After Jesus had miraculously fed five thousand people and walked on the water, the people were pretty impressed with him, and so they asked him what they had to do to do the works that God required of them (v.28).
You know those ads on radio that say at the end, “T’s and C’s apply”? Sometimes ads will even offer you a free gift with T’s and C’s. But a gift with Terms and Conditions isn’t really a gift, is it? A gift’s gotta be free or it’s no gift at all.
The message of Christianity is that there are no Terms and Conditions to the grace of God.
But we’re so used to T’s and C’s, that we just assume that they’re there somewhere. We can fall into the trap of thinking that if we try hard enough or live good enough lives, then we’ll get into God’s good books.
No Terms and Conditions apply.
But it doesn’t work that way. The Bible says that,
…it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
There’s no Terms and Conditions here, because Jesus met them all on our behalf on the Cross.
All you need to do is to accept the gift, and he will do the rest. – Eliezer Gonzalez
Reflection: What are some of the Terms and Conditions that people commonly attach to salvation? Are there any that you are tempted to think may be reasonable? Could it be that these are the very things that are keeping you away from a closer relationship with God?