“But by the grace of God I (the Apostle Paul) am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10.
For many, the grace that God has bestowed upon us is in vain. Although we labor, our labor is lacking fruitfulness. The life many live is not life and life more abundantly; it is in fact lacking life. God’s grace, which is freely given through faith, is bestowed upon us in vain because we labor to receive. Our good works and penance to receive God’s Grace (the same Grace that has already been bestowed upon us) replaces Jesus’ finished work and repentance of sins and makes the Grace of God in vain. We have substituted His way of receiving grace through faith in Jesus Christ and HIS atoning work, for our way (40 days, feasts, festivals, 12 step, human psychology, extra biblical revelations, etc.). We build an altar akin to Cain’s and reject that which the Lord has provided.
“5 But unto Cain and to his offering He (God) had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6 And the Lord said unto Cain, Why are you wroth? and why is your countenance fallen?
7 If you do well, shall you not be accepted? and if you do not well, sin (a sin offering) lies at the door. And unto you shall be his desire, and you shalt rule over him.” Genesis 4:5-7.
God provided Cain with a sin offering which was at the door of the Tabernacle. Had Cain chose God’s plan and placed his trust in the only Sin Offering God would accept, he would have had dominion over the earth of that day. Instead Cain was angry and his countenance fell. God’s grace bestowed upon Cain was in vain.
“For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” 1 Corinthians 1:17-18.
There are many man made doctrines, traditions and philosophies from the vanities of man’s mind that make the Cross of Christ of no effect in the Believer’s life. The Grace of God bestowed upon them is in vain because they received not the love of the Truth.
Our Sin Offering, Jesus Christ, stands at the door knocking. The Lamb of God, Who came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay our sin debt to God and give us dominion over our sin nature, now sits at the Right Hand of God. Jesus Christ gives life and life more abundantly to those who simply place their trust in Him.
Do you trust Him? Has your countenance fallen? Has the power of God, which is the Cross of Christ, been made of no effect by wisdom of man’s words?
Blessed indeed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Repentance is always met with forgiveness this side of the grave.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the Right Hand of the Throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2.
Don’t run this race in vain. Look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith.
-Donna Clark Warren