We Stand by Grace
A pastor was traveling on a bus down a bumpy road. Seated next to him was a college student who noticed that the minister was reading his Bible. The minister asked, ďAre you spiritually ready for the temptations that you will face in college?Ē
"I donít have a problem with temptation," the young man told the minister. "I have strong willpower."
The minister took a pencil from his pocket and said, "I can make this pencil stand up on the cover of this Bible even though the bus ride is bumpy."
The young man said, "Iíll believe it when I see it. I don't think you can do it."
"Look, Iím doing it," he replied as the young man watched.
"Yeah, but you didn't tell me you would hold the pencil up with your hand."
"I didn't have to tell you," the pastor remarked. "Have you ever seen a pencil stand up on its own without someone holding it?"
The minister then let go of the pencil, which instantly fell over. "The only reason you stand," he continued, "is because God is holding you up with His hand."If God were to remove His hand of protecting grace, we would immediately fall into sin. Humility is depending completely on God, realizing that He upholds us by His grace (Romans 5:2). (Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, p. 123)
Cannot add your works
If you add your works to the cross, you subtract God's grace from the cross. Salvation is 100% grace. --Kent Crockett
(Kent Crockett's Sermon Illustrations, www.kentcrockett.com )