Tuesday, October 28, 2014

what's so amazing about grace?

There are many topics within the confines of the Bible that we don't even get close to examining in all their glory.  One of those is the GRACE of God, and this Grace stands out as the one thing that we need, the one thing we can rely on and in turn it is also the one thing we get wrong.

Yes.  I said we get it wrong.  That is because we do what an old saying or thought that goes like this, “pray like it all depends on God and work like it depends on you.”  That is a great statement in theory, but it seems to teach us that we have something to do with the receiving of God’s grace.  That could not be further from the truth.

What is so amazing about grace?  As we get closer to God the sweeter and more complex His grace gets.  The further we are from God the more confusing His grace gets, and it even gets a little clouded.  Or in churchy terms it is veiled where it is hard to see.

God desires His grace to be easy to see, understand and to get.  If we were to ask each of us to give a definition of grace, we would come up with lots of different thoughts.  Most will have wonderful facets or parts of the outcomes of grace, but few will contain the heart of God for His grace… it is… The unmerited, undeserved, unearned kindness and favor of God.

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

These verses I hear quoted often.  We are reminded of many things.  The grace of God is a truly amazing thing.  The more I know Him, the more amazed I am.

Grace is all about God and not about me or us.  He did everything for us that we cannot do for ourselves.  Our lives went from headed to hell covered in death to heaven bound and given fresh, new and abundant life.  That is the essence of the results of results of grace.

So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.

The change that the grace of God brought us gave us life in the family of God.  We were alienated without Him.  Now we are family with Him.  Sin keeps us in a place and with a destination that we cannot do anything about on our own.  That makes God’s grace that much more precious. 

We are all infected and impure with sin.  When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags.  Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.

Sin infected us.  Grace impacts us and affects us with healing and forgiveness.  Literally there is nothing we can trust to give us what God can give us.  Many people try to work their way to faith or heaven.  Some think that their goodness or their diplomas or their possessions can take the place of what God can do.  That could not be further from the truth.

Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.

I recently listened to a message from Pastor Robert Morris about grace, and it was truly amazing.  Not necessarily the sermon, but the content of Scripture truth captivated me.  You can find the podcast for yourself.  His description and teaching on the cultural and origin of the word grace was awesome.

Grace is a free gift given to people who don’t deserve it.  That is you and me.

And since it is through God’s kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God’s grace would not be what it really is—free and undeserved.

Morris shared this about grace from “Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible”… grace is the dimension of divine activity that enables God to confront human indifference and rebellion with an inexhaustible capacity to forgive and to bless.

Grace is the “inexhaustible capacity” of God.  As humans we cannot duplicate it or even understand it.  That is why grace is so amazing.  May we allow ourselves to get lost in the overflow of God’s grace and help others experience it like never before.  We serve an awesome God who offers us amazing grace!

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