Grace in Parables

Today Isaac delivered a great message on grace.  He spoke from Luke 17:7-10 {the parable of unworthy servants} and Matthew 20:1-16 {the parable of the workers in the vineyard}.

One of the key points in the passage from Luke really hit home for me, which comes out of Luke 17:10, “So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.'”  In the same way, God does not owe me grace or good things because of all that I do for Him; I have only done my duty.  And, honestly, as Isaac said this morning, that really is not a game we want to play with God.  God made all good things: music, chocolate, blue skies, oceans, rivers, forests, family, friends, etc.  And what have I brought to the table?  Um. Yeah.  Not much.

But that’s not the end.  No, God does not owe me grace, but He gives it anyway.  He is a benevolent Master and a loving Father who withholds no good gift from those who follow Him (Psalm 84:11).  What amazing grace!

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.  Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”

James 1:17-18

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