Scripture reading: Romans 4
Key verse: Romans 4:8
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.
Most New Testament believers were familiar with the Law of Moses, especially if they were Jewish. However, the idea of grace posed a problem. The new believers were accustomed to abiding by many rules and regulations with the hopes of one day earning a place in God’s kingdom. They offered sacrifices, ate certain foods, and kept certain rituals in order to remain in a place of righteousness before God.
But God’s grace does not demand any of these things. Instead, it frees us from the penalty of sin and offers us a place of eternal life without us doing anything outside of our belief in Jesus Christ.
Yet many today still look for a way to earn their way into heaven. For some reason, our humanity wants to resist any thought of dying to self-love. However, God’s grace leads us to do just that. If we are to accept His gracious gift, we must accept its conditions. Jesus Christ must become our life and breath.
The idea of grace might have seemed too simple to many in the New Testament church. They longed to continue in their traditions. In doing so, they failed to experience the freedom that God’s grace brings.
Grace is not something you can do. It is something only God can do for you. Freely He gives His love, hope, and comfort. Ask Him to teach you more about His grace at work in your life.
Thank You, Lord, for grace at work in my life. Thank You that grace frees me from the penalty of sin and offers me eternal life.