“And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.” Romans 11 v 6
Almost immediately any attempt to earn grace runs in a problem, and as problems go this is right up there with what to have for breakfast. Grace is defined as the unmerited favour of God to man. It’s pretty easy to see then that if grace could be earned it would cease to become grace and instead become the merited favour of God to man or the ‘wage’ of God to man. As Paul writes in the above verse if there’s work involved in grace then grace ceases to be grace.
This is not the letter I wanted to write; if I it were down to me I’d write to you words of encouragement, words that would tell of Christ and his salvation, words that would paint pictures of the abounding love, grace and peace of God. But I can’t, there’s a greater burden on my heart, a burden that can no longer be ignored. This letter needs to be written and as no one seems to be writing it would seem that I must despite my lack of qualifications, my young age or that I write this letter to myself as much as anyone else.
More than anything I write to you as children because that is who we are. I do not like this knowledge but I find it to be undeniable: we are children, mere infants, because we have fallen so far short of the biblical call to manhood. We are children because our lives are marked by a distinct lack of responsibility, an abundance of apathy, an absence of discipline and a mindset of cowardice and fear. We call ourselves men but this is but a fiction for if we were men we would shake the world. Make no mistake, I will not mince my words or seek to hide behind pleasantries, I will be blunt, honest and hard because I will address you as the men you are not. This letter, if written correctly, will hurt you for I intend to strip you of everything and then lead you to Christ. In doing so brothers I strip myself of everything and lead myself to Christ, so come, if you are brave enough, let us face our faults, find them to be true, fall on our knees before God and so stand tall as men.