Have you ever heard the phrase “Cheap Grace?”
It’s meant to describe a sinner’s attitude toward God’s forgiveness when that sinner continues to sin – when that sinner chooses to continue to sin and knows he/she is doing so. Recently, I had a revelation about “cheap Grace.”
There’s no such thing.
First, Grace is most definitely not and can never be cheap. This is simply because of the price Christ paid for it. He gave everything he had – and more – in order to give Grace to me.
Second, that price has already been paid. And this is the important thing – the revelation: nothing I ever do or don’t do can ever change that. Whether I know I’m sinning or not doesn’t matter. Grace remains paid for and given.
Third, perfection on my part is not possible, and won’t be until Jesus “returns or calls me home.” IOW, I’m going to fall again and again in this life, sooner or later. The important thing is whether or not I get back up and try again, knowing that He died for me and that I can stand in His strength.
Fourth, regarding trying again, I will never stop reaching out to grasp the hand being held out to me. I simply can’t. Another way to look at this is in the idea that I can never “unknow” Grace. It’s like seeing something. I can never unsee it.
Sure, I can doubt. My faith can waver. But there will always be that thread connecting me to Him. I won’t ever be free of it. (This is actually a comforting thought.)
Fifth, cheap Grace requires that I think something I do or don’t do effects my condition in God’s eyes. This is the same thing as saying that I can earn or deserve it.
I know I can never earn, will never deserve, nor ever afford Grace. It is a gift. It’s freely offered, no strings attached.
And it’s that knowledge that empowers me to keep working on changing my heart and my behaviors.