At the same time, we must remember that common grace does not save a person; only a person given saving grace and faith in Christ will be reconciled to God. Even the best actions done from common grace will not merit a person forgiveness with God because “For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.”4 Unless a person has faith in Christ, all their actions are not done for God’s glory and are sin. All people naturally do not thank God for his common grace, “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”5 For this reason, we need to share the gospel with all people hoping that God’s kindness will lead them to repentance, “Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?”6 God’s common grace leaves all people without excuse for not coming to repentance and faith in Christ.
You and I do not deserve our next breath, heartbeat, or thought, yet God continues to show his goodness and patience to us. God’s common grace should lead us to worship him for the immeasurable ways he has blessed all of creation.
2 The Holy Bible, Ps 145:9.
3 Wayne A. Grudem, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine (Leicester, England; Grand Rapids, MI: Inter-Varsity Press; Zondervan Pub. House, 2004), 661.
4 The Holy Bible, Ro 14:23.
5 The Holy Bible, Ro 1:21. 6 The Holy Bible, Ro 2:3–4.