“He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy” Titus 3:5a, NLT).
Many people, both inside and outside church, believe the only way to be in God’s favor is to be good and to do good things for others. Even some who believe in grace often hold fears deep inside that it might not be enough. Or they think grace and forgiveness are God’s side of the deal, and we still have to do our part, including racking up points for a reward in heaven.
All we know is the system of works and rewards, so we mistakenly think God’s system is the same. God could have set it up that way, much the way things work on earth, but he didn’t. He doesn’t practice noblesse oblige, which is “the moral obligation of those of high birth, powerful social position, etc., to act with honor, kindliness, generosity, etc.” (dictionary.com). He saves out of his incredible mercy, pure and simple. It’s mercy that extends from the most evil of sinners to the sweetest grandmas, high, wide and deep enough for the whole world. And there is no “our part.” He’s done it all.