“How quickly we forget God’s great deliverance’s in our lives. How easily we take for granted the miracles he performed in our past.” David Wilkerson
Isn’t it so true in many of our lives, once something has happened to us, once something has been given to us, once someone enters our life, that in no time at all we take those things for granted? We operate as if those things, those events or those people are ‘just the way things are’ – and therefore not particularly worthy of any notice?
How easy is it, once you are in a relationship with someone, to just take that for granted? No longer being thankful of the amazing gift you have in the relationship, but just assuming it is great and there is nothing you need to do?
How easy is it once you have got a job and become secure, to take that employment for granted? To start to take advantage of your situation, and work everything to your personal benefit – because the job is now yours?
2 Peter 1:10–11 (HCSB)
Therefore, brothers, make every effort to confirm your calling and election, because if you do these things you will never stumble. For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly supplied to you.
How easy is it to just assume that God’s grace is enough to cover us, and therefore start to act like we can do what we want, because as the hymn says, ‘His grace is sufficient for me, His grace is sufficient for me…’
Let’s be clear – That is not right!
Just as it’s not right to take your job, spouse, friends or place in life for granted, it is even more serious to start to take God’s grace for granted! Yes – it is God who saves. Yes – God’s grace is sufficient to cover all of my sins, now and forever. But, there needs to be a response on our part, other than empty thanks with no action.
We need to not take God’s grace for granted, but make every effort to make sure we don’t!
How can we do this?
Firstly, think on it! Remember it! Look back on your life and see what God has truly done for you!
Second, read back into the earlier verses here in 2 Peter and you will see the fruit of a life lived with God’s grace in mind – and take action. Make every effort to confirm your calling and election.
We all take God’s grace for granted sometimes. So make the effort – even more effort than you would for your friend, husband or wife – to make sure that you aren’t! Ask for forgiveness for the times you have, and move on, living a life in God’s grace.