Good ol’ Aunt Bethany.  Ever see Christmas Vacation?  Aunt Bethany is the older lady who ends up saying the most random things towards the end of the movie.  At one point, she is asked if she would like to say grace before the meal, she replies, “Grace?  She passed away thirty years ago.”  We often forget about grace, don’t we?

In our life of faith, we are able to say that we are redeemed people of the Lord because of grace.  Paul reminds us of that in Ephesians 2.

For grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:7-10).

We often forget that it is by grace through faith, not by our own works.  We try to make it about our good works, though, don’t we?  We think, “Well, if I can just make sure I do a few good things, and go to church every once in a while, then I’m good.  I’ll get into heaven.”  That kind of thinking makes us forget grace.  You see, when we put that on ourselves, we try to accomplish our salvation through works.  But that’s not going to work out.  We live like grace passed away thirty years ago, and has nothing to do with our lives today.

No matter what you do in life, you can’t do enough to earn your way into God’s presence.  Now, I realize that sounds harsh; however, the reason is because God has already done all that is necessary.  God took care of the hard part, and offers us grace.  We don’t have to earn that.  We simply receive it.  God’s amazing grace.