Recieving Gods Grace In Vain

Recieving Gods Grace In Vain
“We exhort you that you receive not the grace of God in vain.”
 
There is something sad and tragic about the wording of that text, “that you receive not the grace of God in vain,” [2 Corinthians 6:1] for God to do all that He hath done for us and for us to “receive the grace of God in vain.”
 
I think of where the Untied States and so many other countries are at spiritually and it sometimes makes me think, “we received the grace of God in vain.” the supreme sacrifices that are and were being made for it by our soldier men and women. Is it possible that those who were wounded or died on the battle field, have laid down their lives in vain.? I don't know. In my heart the very thought of that is sadness and tragedy itself. In the words of one minister, “Sometimes the very highest and noblest hopes of our people end in disappointment and heartache, in vain.”
 
Not to long ago a Priest went out to do some hospital visitation. There, at the hospital, was a mother from his parish that he visited with. After he had spoken to her, he noticed by her side in the maternity ward was another little mother, weeping quietly there by herself. In concern the Priest went to her side, and he said, “Mam, is there something I might do for you?” She shook her head. He said, “Could I speak to the doctor or nurse? Are you hurt? Are you sick?” She said, “No.” When the priest went away, He had the feeling that it was not illness that made her weep. He felt her hurt was in her soul. He went to the head nurse, a lady that he had gotten to know from all his visits there. And he said, “You know, that little mother over there in that ward in the corner, she just weeps so quietly and sadly. There is something wrong with her heart.” She said, “Well, Father, that is right. She has been here in the hospital for several days. At the first part of the illness before the baby was born, her husband came to see her one time. The baby has been born, and her husband has not come one single time to ask how she is or to look at the baby.” As I read this story I thought of a young bride, and I thought of the hopes and visions of a home and of a little child and a happy father; and it all ended in dust and ashes. The little mother weeps quietly by herself, in vain!
 

A lot of times our lives is a living example of that. Some of us, to some extent, have gone through it several times.

Well, that’s what Paul was talking about when he was speaking of the heart of God. Oh, how you and I many, many times break the heart of God! All He has done for us, sometimes is received by us in vain. And for those who are with out Christ, who are lost, for whom Christ died it is just as true. How true is that of you? Have you, are you, receiving, the love, and the mercy, and pardon, and grace, of God in vain! What is it God our Father said? “The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel hath not known me, and my people hath not understood ” “I was found by them that did not seek me: I appeared openly to them that asked not after me...All the day long have I spread my hands to a people that believeth not, and contradicteth me.”
[Isaiah 1:3,Romans 10:20-21]
 
How, how many times has our Lord looked upon His people with all of His love and all of His grace, and His favor and mercy have found it to be be in vain.
 
Think of what God has done for you. Think of what God has done for your friends, for someone you love. And yet you have not let God do all for you that He desires. He has given us a new heart and life [2 Corinthians 5:17], encouragement in this world, and promise of heaven and glory in the world to come [Psalm 73:23-26]. But for you, all in vain!
 
Let us come to God with a humble heart and say, “It isn’t because I am worthy; I am the least of His children. It isn’t because I am able; I am the weakest of all God’s people. But His grace [Ephesians 2:8], His love [Galatians 5:20], His mercy [Titus 2:5], the outstretched arms [Isaiah 65:2], the fullness of His heart, the atonement of the cross [Romans 5:11], the death of His Son [1 Corinthians 15:3], His grace shall not be in vain; but by His strength, and in His power I will try to do better than in my life I have thought I could.”