Galatians 5:1,7-9 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery... You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion is not from him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
Grace literally means that which we do not have to earn. It has two great aspects to it. It comes for nothing, for no cost to you. And it comes when we are helpless and least expecting it.
Grace does not merely help the person who helps himself. That is not the Gospel. That is not grace. The Gospel is that God helps the man or woman who cannot help themselves. Grace is for those who do not deserve it. If you deserve something and you get it, that is not grace.
Then there is another thing about grace. God helps the person to help himself. Everything the man accomplishes comes from God. Grace is given to the man who is so weak and helpless he cannot take the first step. That is the meaning of grace.
We can never know the fullness grace has. A river is as free as it is full. Someone floating down the river may have an idea that when they get a little farther along they have got to pay a toll to go further on. So instead of going all the way down the river they shrink back. They never get to see and experience the beauty of the river further downstream.
The blessings we receive from God’s grace to not stop at our conversion. They continue as we continue to live in Christ. Shrinking back from trust in God each day blocks us from receiving more that God has intended for us. God has not set aside the other blessings for a special group of Christians. They are available to all His people. God is no respecter of persons. What He offers to the least of these brothers, He offers to you and to me.