Cheap Grace

Mitch Cariaga

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith."  Ephesians 2:8

The best definition of God’s grace toward us is this… a gift that God gives us which we don’t deserve.  This particular Grace Gift that Ephesians talks about is the gift of salvation.

To understand the cost of this gift, let me illustrate the point by sharing stories:

The first is the gift I gave my oldest son, the gift of life.  It was a precious gift, but for me it cost me nothing.

The second gift was given this past Christmas.  A young pregnant teenager also gave the gift of life, but at a price much higher than mine.  You see, this young girl had cancer.  The doctors told her that if she went through with the cancer treatments, it would kill the child within her.  But if she didn’t go through with the treatments, the cancer would kill her.  This girl chose the life of her baby over her own life.  Right after she gave birth to her baby, she died at 18 years old.

I gave the gift of life to my son.  She gave the give of life to her son.  But each gift was given at a much different cost.

So let’s remember, that when God gave us the gift of salvation, the price for the gift was not cheap.  The cost was the life of God’s own Son, Jesus Christ.  A life was given so that we could get the free gift of salvation.  That gift was given by God’s Grace, a gift we did not deserve.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith.

Grace is not cheap, it’s free for you, but it was not cheap!

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