In The Beginning…Grace
When you hear the word grace, what do you think of? Some of you might think of Jesus. After all, grace was personified in Jesus. John tells us that He was “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Others, when they hear the word grace might try to define it, but defining grace can be a difficult thing to do. Some definitions I have heard: Grace is getting what we don’t deserve. Grace is God’s unmerited favor. A.W. Tozer said, “Grace is the good pleasure of God that inclines Him to bestow benefits on the undeserving.” At the heart of the word grace is divine favor. It acknowledges the full implication of sin yet does not condemn.
Grace is all of these things and more. Grace is not a one-time event in the life of a Christian. Rather, the entire Christian life is empowered and driven by grace: “…for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods… (Hebrews 13:9).
Because grace is at the heart of the Christian life, each of us who follows Jesus has a grace story or many grace stories and all of our grace stories begin in the same place. They begin, “In the beginning” (Genesis 1:1).
Why did God create anything? If you think about it, the act of creation was an astonishing act of grace. God created life, which created the potential for you and me. Creation gave each of us an opportunity to be, and God was under no obligation to give us that opportunity. So, from His abundant grace, God created and part of that creation is you. Thus your grace story begins.
This week think of areas in your life where God has shown you marvelous acts of grace. This might be the stopping of a habitual sin, protection from a sinful lifestyle, an answered or unanswered prayer or not giving you want you think is best for you. These are all part of you grace story.
If you are willing to share a grace story, I would love to hear from you. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 402-201-5693.