So, we recently discussed the idea of free, or cheap, grace. The idea of simply saying a prayer and you’re good for eternity, or taking part in communion or church service or community projects helps you remain assured of your salvation. Whenever you doubt your salvation, you simply pray that prayer again and you’re golden.
As a result, self-proclaimed Christians continue to live out their sinful lifestyles with no end in sight. They don’t care whether or not their lives actually line up with Scripture as long as their political and social views do. Who cares what you do in your private life or how you act around your non-Christian friends? You prayed the prayer, so you’re good.
Scripture makes it very clear that it is necessary that we bear fruit, or rather, that our lives change. I’m not going to quote them all here, but here is a list of Scripture references that talk about bearing fruit and what the Christian life actually looks like:
I strongly encourage you to check out those passages to familiarize yourself with what it looks like to bear fruit and what happens to those who do not bear fruit.
If we want to follow Jesus, we must be willing to change our lives and work through the process of sanctification. We can not say, “I believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God” and completely neglect His teachings.
To do that would be to turn Him into yet another religious or philosophical teacher, and He was so much more than that.
We need to remember that Jesus is risen from the dead. If He wasn’t raised from the dead, then we should ignore everything He ever taught, because everything He taught about living life for God and following Him all hinges on His resurrection.
One major thing to remember is that only those who believe obey, and only those who obey believe. Those two ideas go hand in hand with each other. If you believe in something or someone, you will trust them and obey them, even more so when it comes to God. And if you have trouble believing, simply obey, and belief will come when you see Him move in your obedience.
Regarding expensive grace, we need to remember all the time that we are bought at a price. We did not do anything to attain salvation or grace. Jesus paid the entire price for us. As a result of that amazing grace, that saved us when we were at our worst and when we were God’s enemies, we now belong to God. We are no longer our own. The apostle Paul goes so far as to say that we have died and Christ now lives in us (Galatians 2:20).
Since we are no longer our own, since God has bought us at a price, the price of His own Son, He can call on us to do anything He asks or requires of us. We now belong to God. Grace wasn’t free. It costs something.
So, die to yourself. Let Christ live in you. Take that step and stop taking grace for granted and live as though you were bought at a price and that you are not your own.
This is what the Sovereign LORD says.