Grace. Where does it come from and how important is it? I would venture to say that you must be from some other planet if you have never needed or wished for grace. It happens to be as valuable to you as gasoline is for your vehicle. The blessed truth is that grace is something that already belongs to you if you are a believer in Jesus Christ. Too many of us take grace for granted without realizing it is a most precious gift from a loving Father blessing us because we have already blessed another of His children. Unlike many things in this life you will find that it is given you specifically in abundance as you continue to give it away and it will continue to multiply if treated as God intended.
You might remember that there was a time when the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth….but Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:5-8).
Through our history on this earth we have seen over and over again how we have failed our Creator and how we have been redeemed until God finally played his trump card. We find recorded in the book of John – And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (1:14).
No matter what the circumstances, no matter how far off track we have gone God’s grace has never since left us. His allowance of His Son’s crucifixion paid the greatest price for our sins. Do we not owe Him something for the terrible price He paid? We are living in a world that has grown in many ways. We have learned about love and we have learned about sin and death. Do you ever wonder why so many times we have chosen death rather than life? The price for our lives was paid a long time ago, but it seems we have chosen to forget the cost and not to consider that our very lives can show our refusal to accept His offer of grace.
You may excuse yourself in this day and time by attempting to claim the fault in not yours, but you can’t deny that you have accepted the ways of our world today without giving your best to try and change things. You don’t have to tell me, I already know that all of us believe that individually we cannot change the evil in our world. However, God still loves His children and with the death of His precious Son He has given us each a choice. The question is whether we will take it seriously or assume He will not condemn us because individually we have not deliberately been or done evil. But there is more to the issue than whether we have done evil; the real question is have we done what we were created to do. God’s Word tells us that we should love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18). Those words must be important because they are repeated in Matthew 5:43 and again in Romans 13:9.
Our Creator and Father, has been more than gracious to us. Isn’t it time to take the effort to be gracious to His other children, our sisters and brothers, whoever and wherever they may be?
O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy grace now like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee;
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it; Seal it for Thy courts above.