Observable and theoretical astronomy both confirm the universe is indeed infinite. It just keeps going, and going, and going in every possible direction. There is no place within our existence you could plant your telescope and see what lies beyond. There is no edge. There is no boundary. Even for those who make no concessions for God who brought this all to be “in the beginning,” this can be both a mind-boggling and mind-numbing contemplation.
Such are qualities of an infinite God. Specifically, Romans 6, speaks to God’s infinite grace. It expands in all physical locations, to every generation, in every moment. No matter where we find ourselves, no matter what we’ve seen, no matter what lies in our past, we will not find a place within our own existence that God’s grace cannot live in. It, too, is both mind-boggling and mind-numbing.
“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” Romans 6:1-2
To know God, is to know grace, but to know grace is to know sin. Ironically, Paul states we should actually use less grace, even though we have the knowledge that the mercies of God are infinite. This is because he has counted the cost of using an infinite amount of grace versus living a life in accordance with the laws of the Heavenly Father. Unrepented sin, no matter how great or small, creates separation from God, an expanse as large as the universe. The great irony is the further you settle into a life of sin, the less likely you are to seek God’s forgiveness. God’s grace is flowing abundantly like water from a tap, yet continual, habitual sin becomes a drain that siphons it away, never allowing the vessel to fill. We gain nothing by exhausting the grace of God. We have the same empty vessels with which we started. Sin only further entangles and enslaves; and eventually, we become entrenched in wickedness instead of righteously restored through the blood of Jesus Christ.
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. – Romans 6:11-13
Paul encourages us to plug the drain. Stop the habitual sin, or “building a testimony”; or creating a who’s who of things you’ve done. Set yourself free from sin and death and submit to and live for the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ that leads to a life more abundant, and ultimately, a life that is as infinite as the heavens. You can be filled with Living Water, ready to carry his words of grace, comfort, love, healing, and love wherever and whenever in the universe he calls you to – the place you now stand or the ends of the Earth.
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:22-23
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
- Have you found sin to entangle and enslave? How else would you describe the power of sin?
- In Aaron’s illustration, how do we keep God’s grace from running down the drain?
- Do you appreciate God’s grace for you? How will you thank God?