Last year I was asked to help in writing a book of devotionals for our church campaign on grace. It was the first time I had been asked to write something for a book, and I really appreciated the opportunity. I have decided to post these devotionals every other day over the next couple of weeks. I hope you enjoy them and that they make you think about the wonders of the grace of God.
Ephesians 1:7 (ESV) – In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
Salvation. The most amazing gift we could have from God. It’s not a gift we deserve, but how often do we get one that we really deserve? The thing is, we could never even come close to deserving this gift. It is a gift given to us expressly because we DON’T deserve it. It is the gift of God’s unconditional, unfailing, unending love to us.
Grace, simply put, is the giving of something good to someone who deserves nothing good. If you are drawing a breath, then you, like me, are a person who deserves nothing good. When Adam and Eve ate the fruit, mankind experienced a separation from the best thing – relationship with God. That separation is a birthright that all mankind has shared from that day forward. God could have left it like that, but the Son offered Himself as the redemption for us. His perfection offered to us, the imperfect.
Why did He do it? Think about who Jesus is. He is the embodied Word of God. The world was spoken into existence by Him. He created man. We are His creation! Have you ever made something? If you have, you feel an attachment to it. It belongs to you, and there is a little bit of you in it. We belonged to Him, but we turned away. He was willing to set aside His position, come to earth, live as we did, and die for us in order to bring that relationship back. Not because He had to do it, but because He felt we were worth it.
Grace was the motivation for Him. He is rich in grace, and we were chosen to experience that gift of salvation because of His ability to forgive and restore His most prized creation. Because of His grace, we live eternally. Because of His grace, we are given the Holy Spirit. Because of His grace we are God’s children. Because of His grace we are heirs with Christ. Because of His grace, we have access to God. The riches of God’s grace given to us at salvation are just the beginning of it!
Grace for the purpose of salvation was not the end. It was the beginning. When you know Christ, you have experienced the first taste of grace in salvation. Jesus is not done there. His riches in grace are open to you now, and He wants you to grow in those riches.
- Have you experienced the grace of God in salvation?
- How do you see forgiveness as a component of grace?
- What are some ways that you can model that forgiveness and grace in the lives of those you know who are not yet believers?
Father, we thank You for Your grace that allowed us to be back in relationship with You. Please help us to remember that grace and tell others about it so they can know it too.
Grace is a gift. It plants the seed in us to grow to be like Christ. As we put our roots deep into the Word of God, we experience Relentless Growth in Him. We grow stronger in Him. His grace begins to spread into other parts of our lives until it covers those we come in contact with, and eventually it bears fruit as we are given the opportunity to plant that seed of God’s grace in others.