“In the time of my favor I heard you,
and in the day of salvation I helped you.”
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. ~ 2 Cor. 6:1-2
What does it mean to you to receive God’s grace in vain? To me it speaks of squandering something so precious that it makes me physically sick. Have you ever felt that before? That feeling you get after dropping and breaking something fragile, losing something that’s worth a lot, realizing you didn’t spend more time with a loved one after it’s too late, and the list goes on and on. I’m sure we’ve all felt the pains of squandering something precious. In this passage we find that we can squander the most precious gift ever offered to us, God’s grace. What does it look like to squander God’s grace? I’ve heard this passage used during altar call, “don’t miss this opportunity to receive Jesus in your heart” kind of thing. And don’t get me wrong that’s the most important work of God’s Grace in our lives, the invitation of becoming His Child. I hope that everyone reading this blog has already received the invitation of becoming His child. There is no other invitation that is greater than this, and no greater gift we can squander than rejecting His invitation. But with that said, notice that this passage is addressing those who are already considered “God’s co-workers”. Implying that they have already accepted Jesus in their live and are still in danger of receiving God’s grace in vain. This is more than an altar call, this is a wake up call, urging believers “co-workers” to actively engage in His Grace. I believe that every day God gives us grace for the day, not simply to “get by” but to be “more than conquerors” of our day. Those of us who passively receive God’s grace may one day find that we’ve unknowingly received it in vain while those of us who are actively and intentionally engaged in it will one day be surprised at how we were co-laboring with God and serving Christ.