ďWe then, as workers together with Him, plead you also that you not receive the grace of God in vain.Ē 2Corinthinas 6:1
The above mentioned admonition has two applications. Primarily it refers to Godís grace-the unmerited favour of God- that brings salvation to fallen man. Titus.2:11; Ephesians 2:8. In His Grace it pleased God the father to forgive, cleanse and justify the condemned sinner through Jesus Christ His only begotten Son.
It was the perfect sacrifice of Christ that made it possible to God to extend His grace to guilty sinners. Romans 3:240ó26. A sinner who listens to gospel of Christ is confronting face to face with the grace of God. Then rejecting this offer Ė the gospel- of the grace of God is wasting Godís grace.
Another application of Paulís advice could be in relation to grace in a believerís daily life. Grace of God not only saves, but also teaches, sustains, strengthens and sweetens of our life. Titus 2:12; 2Timothy 2:1 2Corinthinas 8:1, 2; 12:9; Colossians 4:6. Not only we are saved by grace but also we have to live by grace. It is by grace that we are edified and empowered to serve Christ better. To speak, to witness, to suffer etc, we need the grace of God.
Paul says, ďBut by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly that all, yet not I but the grace of God which was with me.Ē 1Corinthianns 15:10. Yes, Grace of God is our life and strength.
Disciples received more and more grace for service. Acts.1:11; 4:15, 33. It was visible to all. Their life and service was a reflection of the abundant grace of God that they were experiencing. Acts.11:23.
Do you experience this abounding grace of God? Itís available at the throne of God-freely! We only need to draw near to His throne of Grace in all humility. Hebrews 4:16; James 4:6. Remember wasting Godís grace Ė not making use of grace- is utter foolishness. Itís like living hungry when there is enough food available! It is a terrible lose. Waste not the grace of God.