Grace for all of life
If you have heard me speak or read this blog often, you know I say a lot, "Grace is for all of life." Many Christians know grace gets them saved, but then they believe it is up to them to do the rest. We get in by God's grace, but then we better work hard to show Jesus how much we love Him. Below is a quote from Jerry Bridges that reinforces this belief of grace for all of life:
God is not keeping score, granting or withholding blessings on the basis of our performance. The score has already been permanently settled by Christ. We so often miss this dimension of the gospel.
We are brought into God's kingdom by grace; we are sanctified by grace; we receive both temporal and spiritual blessings by grace; we are motivated to obedience by grace; we are called to serve and enabled to serve by grace; we receive strength to endure trials by grace; and finally, we are glorified by grace. The entire Christian life is lived under the reign of God's grace.