There is one secret to getting the most out of life: grace. Paul, who had all sorts of turbulent times in his life, said in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that the Lord told him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Understanding grace can make a world of difference in our lives.
1. Grace has a name.
John 1:14-17—“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John testified about Him and cried out, saying, ‘This was He of whom I said, “He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.”’ For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.”
Jesus Christ is the full expression of God’s grace. He took on flesh to become a sacrifice so that He could provide us with grace to cover our sins. John 1:16 says that He gives us “grace upon grace.” Jesus knows every little thing about you. And even though He knows the full truth about your life—what you did that night, the way you treated that person, what’s you think in your heart—He still has grace that is sufficient for you! We can’t manufacture it; God’s grace is continual and plentiful.
2. Grace has to be activated.
Ephesians 2:8-9—“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Where is a place you’ve always wanted to visit? Imagine that someone offered you a free ticket for a vacation in that very place. What would you do—accept or decline? Grace is like that ticket; it has already been bought and paid for, all you have to do is receive it by faith. Some people make excuses for not accepting God’s grace: “I’m too busy.” “I’m too bad.” “I don’t know enough about the Bible.” God gave Jesus, His Son, so that you and I could receive grace. Jesus is the one who saves us—He “puts us on the plane.” It’s not anything that we do.
Would you decline a free airplane ticket just because the attendants or other passengers were mean and rude? Don’t let people keep you from receiving the grace of God. Remember, it is Christ and Christ alone who saves us!
3. Grace is secure.
Hebrews 10:11-14—“Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet. For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.”
In Christ, we are secure. His sacrifice was once and for all. Rest in the fact that once God saves us, He will never let you go. You can enjoy the ride; God does not throw us off the plane! We don’t have to perform religious acts to continue being saved—we are forgiven of our all our sin— past, present, and future—one time in Christ’s sacrifice. When you are confident in the fact that you are secure in God, you will be able to find joy in all circumstances.
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