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February 28: Take the Grace Offered

"Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest
anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this
many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of
food sold his birthright." Hebrews 12:14-16

One preacher used a sermon illustration to powerfully demonstrate how we fail to take advantage of
the grace God freely offers us. He said, “You have been out at dinner with a friend, and you have seen
the faithful household dog standing watching every mouthful his master takes. All the crumbs that fall
on the floor he picks up and seems eager for them, but when his master takes a plate of beef and puts it
on the floor and calls for the dog to come and eat the food, the dog goes and smells of it, and looks up
at his master and goes to the corner of the room. He was willing to eat crumbs, but wouldn’t touch the
roast beef- thought it was too good for him.”

He went on to say, “That is the way with many Christians. They are not willing to take all that God wants
for them. They are not willing to come boldly to the throne of grace and get the help they need; there is
an abundance of grace for every person.”

While grace never fails, there are times when we do not allow it to produce its full impact on our lives.
The writer of Hebrews warns us to be careful because there is a very real danger of destruction. We
cannot live the Christian life apart from God’s grace on a daily basis.

Renewal Principle

The only way that grace can fail is if we fail to take advantage of what is offered to us.

Bible Reading

1 Corinthians 4 - 6