Galatians 2:20-21, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”
Have you ever had a coupon and went to redeem it, only to find out it was null and void? Often when I look at a coupon, I am looking for an expiration date. Paul says in Galatians 2 that because of the gospel of grace in his life, he chose not to frustrate that process. The word translated as “frustrate” is used 16 times in our New Testament. Eight of those times it is the word “despise”. Four of those times it is translated “rejected”. One time the words “disannul”, “frustrate”, and “cast off” are used. I am thankful that the grace of God has no expiration date.
Faithfulness to the gospel is a matter of both profession and conduct. I must not only believe that the grace of God is what took place for me to be saved; I must live daily with gratitude and walk in the power of the grace of God that saved me. I do not want to be one that frustrates or voids the marvelous grace work done in my life by a wonderful Savior. The grace of God is not just something that was given to me, it is a culture in which I must live and breathe and move.
Facebook entries, words, blog posts, tweets, emails, personal encounters, and so forth – these are how we can build a gospel culture with one another every day, and these are how we can tear it down. We are either living proof of the grace of God, or we are a living denial of the grace of God, but we are never neutral. We are either a witness of God’s grace at work, or by our mannerisms we make this grace appear as something that we have despised or rejected.
The old adage is true: “Your talk talks and your walk talks, but your walk talks louder than your talk talks.” Do not frustrate the grace of God. Our country needs to see it loud and clear.