“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
What does “grace” mean?
Let’s say you’re walking down the street and you see a homeless person lying in the gutter looking just about as pathetic as anyone could look. Out of a kind of grace, a love that is undeserved, you give him some money or some food. Maybe you even find him a job or give him some clean clothes. That’s an imitation of grace. But would you ever give your son to die for him? Would you say to him, “Look here, you have nothing, I have everything – let me give you all that I have; you are dirty and smelly, come live with me and let me take care of you for the rest of your life; you can’t do anything for me, but I can do everything for you and that’s what I want to do; I want to devote all that have to your happiness.”
We wouldn’t think of doing such a thing…but God did! In God’s GRACE He rescued us from our sin, rottenness, death, and hell and for an eternal place in the heavenly realms in His presence! We didn’t deserve a lick of it, we didn’t earn a mite of it, but God so loved you and me that He gave His own Son that we might not perish but live with Him forever. That’s grace!
So, when we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun. (Amazing Grace v.4)
Relishing God’s grace, just like you,