Are you taking advantage of God’s Grace? The book of Jeremiah reveals a time when God’s people did. They turned their backs on God. The same God that made the sand below their feet. The same God that keeps the ocean in its place. The same God that set them free from slavery and has given them a promised land. They turned their back on God and took advantage of God’s amazing grace. There assumption is that since they are God’s people, God will always spare them, but God addresses this assumption with some strong words through His prophet named Jeremiah.
God says in Jeremiah 5:20-25 (MSG)“Tell the house of Jacob this, put out this bulletin in Judah: Listen to this, you scatterbrains, airheads, With eyes that see but don’t really look, and ears that hear but don’t really listen. Why don’t you honor me? Why aren’t you in awe before me? Yes, me, who made the shorelines to contain the ocean waters. I drew a line in the sand that cannot be crossed. Waves roll in but cannot get through; breakers crash but that’s the end of them. But this people—what a people! Uncontrollable, untameable runaways. It never occurs to them to say, ‘How can we honor our GOD with our lives, The God who gives rain in both spring and autumn and maintains the rhythm of the seasons, Who sets aside time each year for harvest and keeps everything running smoothly for us?’ Of course you don’t! Your bad behavior blinds you to all this. Your sins keep my blessings at a distance.”
The people think they can simply live which ever way they want and that God will spare them because they are his children. But, they failed to remember that God never honors disobedience. He never rewards sin. They eyes of God’s people have lost site of his grace. They have forgotten their purpose on earth, and have believed a lie that sin will fulfill them. Only God will fulfill their soul.
What about you today? Are you taking advantage of God’s grace? Are you figuring out what you can get away with or are you figuring out ways to honor God more?
Let me be clear… “It’s not OK to take advantage of God’s grace… period. Paul said in Romans 6:1-4 “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
I don’t know about you, but I never want to take advantage of God’s amazing grace. I want His grace to sweep into every crevice and corner of my mind and heart so that I can honor Him with this new life in Christ that He has given me. Obviously, I am going to sin again, but I don’t want to! Let me say it again. Even though I am going to sin, my motivation is that I never want to sin again. Jesus paid too high of a price for me to pursue sinful acts and selfish desires that ultimately will never fulfill my heart.
How about you? Are you taking advantage of God’s grace? When was the last time you checked? Here are seven questions you can ask yourself: 1) Do you tell yourself, “I will ask for forgiveness later…“? 2) Do you tithe 10% of your income to your local church? 3) Do you cheat on your taxes? 4) Are you cheating on your spouse? 5) Are you hypocritical with people? 6) Are you holding on to un-forgiveness towards people? 7) Are you trying to get God to build your kingdom or are you allowing God to use you to build His kingdom? I am sure there are more questions you can ask yourself. That is between you and God. If you are taking advantage of God’s grace, then Stop it! Stop today!
Will you take a few moments and ask God to reveal to you the areas in your life that are dishonoring to him? Ask God to change the way you think about those areas and give you the strength to change. I promise you that your soul will be refreshed and you will be more at peace in your life!