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Responsible Recipients Of Grace  


There is no doubt about it.  We are saved, and we stay saved, by trusting in God's grace and nothing else.  Ephesians 2:8 makes that perfectly clear. 


"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—"


Once understanding that every last aspect of salvation is a matter of trusting God's grace, how then, should we live as responsible recipients of grace?


When you extend grace to someone who does not deserve it, as God extends grace to us, you hope your grace will produce a positive response in the recipient of your grace.  It saddens you when your grace is wasted on someone that ignores it or receives it to selfishly benefit himself.  If, for example, you extend grace to an alcoholic, you hope your efforts will help him overcome his addiction.  That will never happen if there is no co-operative relationship between you and the alcoholic that produces the intended goal of your grace.  Ephesians 2:10 suggests that the goal of grace is productivity.


"For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."


According to Ephesians 2:8 through 10 God's grace is expected to accomplish God's will in our lives.  The productive nature of grace is also seen in other passages.  God's grace should produce humility in our lives (Romans 12:3).  It should enable us to exercise the gifts of the Spirit (Romans 12:6).  It should produce a godly boldness in us (Romans 15:15).  It should make us thankful (2 Corinthians 4:15).  It should help us endure suffering (2 Corinthians 12:9).  It should cause us to serve Jesus (Ephesians 3:7).  God's grace, unmerited favour, is meant to be productive, and therefore, grace is also defined as God's divine ability given to us to accomplish His will in our lives.  


Productive grace can only be realized in our lives when we enter a co-operative relationship with Jesus.  It is no different than when we extend grace to an alcoholic that is meant to help him fight his addiction.  If there is no co-operative relationship, extending grace is unproductive and wasted, and that should never be.  2 Corinthians 6:1 reads:   


"As God's co-workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain."


God's grace is meant to assist us in living a life of godly and productive service for Jesus.  1 Corinthians 15:10 reads:


"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me."


Being responsible recipients of God's grace requires a co-operative relationship with Him that produces its intended results in our lives.  If there is no co-operative relationship accompanying grace, we sadly receive His grace in vain and become irresponsible recipients of grace. 


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