I’ve watched the debate about “minimum wage” go on in this country for many years. As a teenager, I didn’t understand it. As I got older and more educated I realized what a gift that it is to some people. As a business owner, I see it from a quite different position. This whole thought process came to my mind as I read more of Paul’s explanation of salvation by grace instead of work. He makes it clear that wages are expected when you work. Check this out…4 Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. 6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: 7 “Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.” (Romans 4:4-8 NIV)
Paul makes a very valid point. If a person is hired to do a job, and they do it – wages are expected because they are earned. I think Grace that is “earned” is not really grace – it’s work that is honored and credited to the person as righteousness. I really want to “work for God”, but I’m not working FOR my salvation. I’m working for Him BECAUSE of my salvation. There is a HUGE difference in these two terms.
I don’t deserve GRACE. I deserve my wages after working. This whole thought process makes me try to discern the value of Grace. It’s like a ridiculous bonus paycheck that makes no sense. As I understand the Word, I receive Grace because I believe in Jesus. I don’t have to “do” a darn thing, but because I believe in God, He gives me this ridiculous bonus called GRACE. I will work out my salvation because this Gift of Grace blows me away. I will keep pursuing the heart of God Who loves me like that.Pressing On! Dwayne