Romans 11:1-24; 1 Samuel 20; Psalm 65
When you get down to basics, there are two ways to seek God. Paul laid out this dual approach like this: “And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.” (Romans 11:6) We can either seek to work to make ourselves approved by God, or we can depend on God’s grace. The orthodox Christian view is that it’s impossible to work or be good enough to restore our relationship with God. We must depend on God’s grace for a restored relationship. Sometimes, though, people who depend on God’s grace for salvation act as if they must work hard to be good enough to keep it. Paul makes it clear here: it’s either all grace or all works in our relationship with God. If we depend on works and we fail in something, we’re in trouble. If we depend on God’s grace – that will never fail. This doesn’t mean that we don’t seek ways to serve God; it means that even the ways we serve God are based on His grace. If we seek His grace daily, God leads us into the work He has for us. Those works, now, are a response to God’s grace not a demand from God to keep the relationship going. As followers of Christ we must remember that for ourselves and others – it’s all about grace.
Lord, thank You for the grace You give. It has restored my relationship with You. It keeps me loving You. It leads me to service for Your kingdom. Let me live in Your grace each and every day.