And God is able to make all grace overflow to you so that, because you have enough of everything, in every way, at all times, you will overflow in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8
Today is Resurrection Sunday. We celebrate God’s gift of salvation through Christ’s death on the cross and His return to life. Today we should also celebrate the gift of grace. Because of Christ’s death, all of humankind experiences God’s grace in one way or another.
The best way I’ve ever heard someone explain grace is, it’s what happens to you when you’re guilty of a crime, but then someone drops all charges. It’s knowing that you deserve some sort of repercussion for your actions, and yet there are none. That is grace. Every single day, ALL of us receive God’s grace in that we’re able to live our lives and make our own choices, including whether or not we even want to follow God’s will for us. Can you believe that? The God who created each and every one of us allows us to decide whether or not we want to believe in Him. That is grace.
Grace is the free, unmerited (meaning there’s no way for us to earn it) favor of God. He gives us a break even though we don’t deserve it. And depending on what we intend to do with that grace, God chooses to give us even more. Like in the verse above: God will make sure you have all the grace you need in order to sustain the activities that will allow you do do good things.
Think about what that means for you. Do you want to improve your marriage? God will give you all the grace you need in order to do that good thing. Worried about how to raise your kids? Again, God will give you all the grace you need in order to do just that. Do you want to start a ministry? Do you own your own business? Do you want to volunteer, but you just can’t seem to find the time? Well, if your goal is to do a good thing, then God said His grace will be sufficient—it will be the only thing you need in order to reach your goals—even when you don’t have the strength, or the knowledge, or the money to get it all done. What an amazing promise!
My family and I spent Saturday afternoon talking about grace, and I needed the reminder. I feel so energized today knowing that all the things I want to accomplish, all the ways I plan to improve people’s lives, I’ll be able to get them done by God’s grace. I know that doesn’t mean it will be easy, but I’m blessed enough knowing it will be possible.
If you’re hoping to do a good thing this year, or in five years, or whenever, please leave it in the comments, and let’s pray for each other, that we’ll remember to ask God for his grace when we feel weak, and remember to show grace to others. We’re all in this together!
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