Thankful for Kindness

“…that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus,” (Ephesians 2:7 NKJV).

One of the many lessons Job learned when God put him on trial was that God doesn’t owe anyone anything.

Job thought God owed him a chance to make his case known (Job 13:18; 23:4). Job’s reasoning was that since he had been righteous and lived his life in accordance with God’s will, God at least owed him the chance to prove he was righteous and didn’t deserve the treatment he received.

Job was wrong.

Yet many people think God owes them. There are those who think God owes them salvation because they were somehow individually predestined to receive it. God chose the saved through the call of the gospel and obedience to the truth, (2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2).

Some think that because they only profess belief in God and Christ, that eternal life is owed to them regardless of the need to turn from sin and be immersed in water for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). Instead, these folks think God owes them salvation because they believed.

Folks, God doesn’t owe any of us anything. He created us, he loved us, he gave his son for us. God has done enough. We should be thankful for his kindness to us. He didn’t have to send his son, but he did. He didn’t have to give us a plan of salvation, but he did.

In which dispensation did God ever rule out obedience as a condition of salvation? He never ever did. The Gentiles were told to obey (Romans 1). The Jews were told to obey (Exodus 15:26). Christians are also told to obey (Galatians 3:1).

God paid the price of sin for each one of us. What makes people think God owes them?

If we think God has changed, then we don’t realize how unchangeable God is (Hebrews 13:8). God doesn’t owe anyone anything.