The grace of God is for everyone! But we don’t always believe that. Too many people feel that they are so far gone, that they have done so many things wrong, that God could never save them–or that He wouldn’t want to. But that is so far from the truth; Jesus, both God and human, came to where we are, in the middle of sin to be our leader and liberator. He took on the sin of the entire world–yours, mine, the sin of people who lived in the past, and the sin of people who haven’t even been born yet.
Romans 5:20 says, “God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant.” God shows us the law so that we can see our sin. Romans 3:23 says that each and every one of us has sinned, and we all fall short of the glorious standard that God has for our lives. His standard is like a bullseye. It doesn’t matter if we come really close to the bullseye or completely miss the target–we still haven’t lived up to God’s standard.
But He doesn’t just leave us hanging, living in our sin with no way to come back to Him. Instead, He came to the Earth to show us how much He loves us:
Ephesians 2:4-5–God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)
But too often we just don’t accept the gift of grace God offers us. Instead, we try to come up with regulations and rules for how we’ll receive this gift, even though we’d never try to give someone money in return for a birthday or Christmas present. We think that maybe if we read our Bible for one hour every day, God will be pleased with us. Or if we go to church every week we’ll make Him happy. Or maybe we can earn His love by doing something good every single day. But none of those things can make Him love us, because He already loves us!
Ephesians 2:9 says, “Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” God doesn’t save us based on whether or not we’ve measured up, because the Bible already tells us that we haven’t. The grace of God is for every person–whether we think we’re worthless, or are proud and self-sufficient, all of us are in need of Him. He offers grace to us no matter where we are. We don’t have to clean up and fix ourselves before coming to Him. He accepts us where we are, and as we grow in Him, He will transform us and help us live more like Christ.