God gave us a wonderful gift when Jesus was born. He gave us the opportunity to be part of his people. This is real amazing grace.

When that grace is appropriated in our lives, we are not done. The gift keeps on giving.

Some Christians act as if the receiving of grace is the end of the story. They seem to have the attitude that they can do whatever they want and God will wink at their sin.

Not so.

God’s grace comes with an obligation. The obligation is to obey God, to serve him. We exchange slavery to sin for slavery to Christ.

So, grace comes to us when we don’t deserve it, but it does not come without strings attached.

Get that idea right and you could become a productive Christian, part of a productive Christian community. Get that idea wrong and you will find it uncomfortable when Jesus judges us on what we have done.