God does not extend grace to believers because we are so good, He extends grace to us because we don’t live as good as we should. Lost sinners who learn of His grace and come to Jesus for salvation, do not suddenly turn into sinless saints who somehow earn His grace by their dedication. If we dismiss grace at any point in our Christian lives, because we think we are being good, it is not only a disgrace, but it will also cause us to miss grace. If we believe we are being “good enough” to be saved, we must also believe that we are saved by being good enough…and not one of us even “know enough” about being good to do that. As a matter of fact, we do not even consistently practice what little good we do know. If we ever attempt to be justified by keeping laws, then we have ceased to be kept justified by grace. Why, you asked? Because not one of us can keep God’s holy law good enough at any point in our Christian lives to be saved by law keeping. And if we could, we would not need grace. Therefore, it is totally by His grace that He saves us, and it is totally by His grace that He keeps us saved. By the grace of God, I am not what I was (lost sinner), and by the grace of God I am what I am (saved sinner)!
You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be JUSTIFIED BY LAW; you have fallen from grace. (Galatians 5:4).
But BY THE GRACE OF GOD I AM WHAT I AM, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10).
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope FULLY ON THE GRACE that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:13; ESV).
A blog: GMC: Grace Motivated Christians http://wdunaway.blogspot.com/2015/04/gmc-grace-motivated-christians.html