What You Can’t Do

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We don’t like to hear the word “can’t” – it implies weakness, inability, dependence on others. We would much rather think about all the things we CAN do. It’s true, we can do a lot. 

– You CAN make radical changes in your life by making specific commitments.

– You CAN help others and show them love, even if they do not show you love.

– You CAN acquire a new skill, get another degree, finish another project.

– You CAN do so many things because you are a capable human being with skills and drive.

But you CAN’T do one of the most important things that needs to be done. You CAN’T save yourself. Even with all of our greatest efforts at godliness, saintliness, goodness, perfection – we still can’t do it. Every person who has ever been saved has been saved by grace.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God…” – Ephesians 2:8

It is a tremendous blessing to know that through the work of Jesus, every human being can be saved. In faith, we follow what the Bible teaches us to do in order to accept the grace of God. 

Scottish theologian William Barclay wrote, “The word grace emphasizes at one and the same time the helpless poverty of man and the limitless kindness of God.”

– To accept Grace is to acknowledge that we can’t do it on our own – we need God’s help.

– To accept Grace is to acknowledge that God, in all of his wisdom and perfection, wants all of us to live forever with him … what undeserved kindness!

On the day of Pentecost in Acts 2, some who were present had called out for the death of Jesus. Can you imagine God offering the gift of grace to people who had called for the death of his son? When Peter told them what they had done, they asked what they could do about it? He said, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). You might notice that the word ‘grace’ is not in that verse. True. But when God offers a way forward, a way of forgiveness, a way to receive His indwelling presence – He is offering grace.

It’s a gift no one can earn, it is totally undeserved, it is a saving gift, and it is from God. I can’t overcome my own sins – can’t wash a single one away, but I can turn to God who CAN!