Ephesians 2:4 (NKJV)
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
When we think of words like rich, we usually think in finite terms. For instance, Bill Gates sits atop the Forbes List because he owns $78.9 billion.
When we speak of the riches of God however, our thoughts encompass far more than gold that can be weighed, measured and compared. We speak instead of an intangible yet infinite, immeasurable currency that is dispensed from His bank of mercy.
To correctly conceive of this bank, it is perhaps best to think of it as having no vault, for by its very nature, a vault attempts to set boundaries around what is in reality a boundless resource.
Once ever a demand is placed; once a cheque is signed and presented to Him who seats on the Mercy Sit at the ‘Manager’s desk’, this vault-less bank of mercy dispenses grace as much as ever may be demanded.
Now when a believer sins, the devil; the accuser of the brethren runs happily to the court of heaven to seek leave of the court to commit the erring believer to his jail. But once the believer realizes his sin and asks God’s forgiveness, he has essentially issued the devil a cheque which pays the price of sin in the currency of grace.
The Devil must present this cheque and typically, it is honoured. As the ‘cashier’ doles out grace, he will often remark to the dissapointed devil.
Romans 5:20 (NKJV)
… But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,
Make no mistake though, the devil prefers a Dud Cheque. The sound of a bounced cheque is the sweetest music to his ears. It makes his day; pulls his fiendish face into a wicked grin. “Ahah”, he would remark to the cashier, “God is broke! The Almighty has run out of grace”
In reality, God never runs out of grace. The mercy bank can dispense grace infinitely. One might say though that God does run out of patience. Just like a school that advises a student who chooses not to study to withdraw after countless resits and repeats, God sometimes allows people to live with their own choices.
There are those who deceive themselves with notions of operating on “another level of grace”; those who confuse liberty with license. This quotes from the bible speak to such.
Romans 1:21 (NKJV)
because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
1 Peter 2:16 (GNT)
Live as free people; do not, however, use your freedom to cover up any evil, but live as God’s slaves.
For all such people, it is important to read your full policy with the bank; thankfully none is in fine print. It is important to bear in mind that just as we exercise our right to choose, God also retains His.
Romans 9:15 (NKJV)
For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.”
The day comes when God decides that he has honoured the last cheque presented in an individual’s name. Having taken a decision to continue down the wrong path, and having frustrated the grace of God, the day comes when the cashier looks up and plays sweet music for the devil. A day comes when…
Proverbs 29:1 (NKJV)
He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.