Not in Vain

Jack Roeda

READ : 2 Corinthians 6:1-3

We urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. (v. 1)

A pastor laments, “Where are the men and women who as boys and girls sat in our Sunday school? Why as adults are they not here in worship?” Where are they? Didn’t it take? Did they accept God’s grace in vain?

Apparently it’s possible somehow to receive God’s grace in vain, that is, to no profit; it’s grace wasted on us. It’s like going to Disney World and spending the whole time in the hotel room watching television, or inheriting tons of money and living like a pauper. Neither the opportunity nor the gift is having its proper effect on us. It’s all in vain.

To receive God’s grace rightly means surrendering to it. We raise the shades and open every door of our lives to let the love of God in.

Receiving God’s grace differs radically from receiving medicine. We can take a drug while unconscious. Not so God’s grace. It requires our participation, acquiring disciplines that make us available to it. We cultivate daily habits that turn our faces and hearts toward the Father’s house, and each day we pray to resist the pull of the far country.

May none of us be so foolish as to let God’s grace be wasted on us.


Dear God, we would surrender all, that your grace may have its way with us. Amen.