Grace. This gift that we have in Jesus is unique because Scripture records Him saying, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) Grace, God’s unmerited favor, frees us to live the lives we were made to live. Grace tells guilt to flee and keeps our hearts safe from the lies this world tells us.
The gift of grace wipes the dust off our memories so that we may remember where we came from and what the Lord did for us. The apostle Paul reminded the Corinthians of this as he quoted the words of Isaiah: “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” (49:8) To the Ephesian church, Paul wrote, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (2:8)
God has given us this gift of grace in Jesus (Ephesians 1:6). Because of the cross, Jesus made a way for us to go from death to life. We can’t work our way into heaven. “But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” (Hewbrews 2:9) Grace helps us know that Jesus was the only One who died for you and me. He died so that we may call Him Savior and Holy! He died so that we wouldn’t be separated from Him forever. Jesus died so that our sins and guilt would be wiped away. Jesus endured our shame and rightful punishment because of God’s grace.
The more we know God and Jesus, the more we know grace. (2 Peter 1:2) And the more grace we receive, the more we must give. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10) We are called to be stewards of grace. Philip Yancey says it best: “One who has been touched by grace will no longer look on those who stray as ‘those evil people’ or ‘those poor people who need our help.’ Nor must we search for signs of ‘loveworthiness.’ Grace teaches us that God loves because of who God is, not because of who we are.” (What’s So Amazing About Grace?)
Paul also said that we are not to rely on worldly wisdom, but on God’s grace. (2 Corinthians 1:12) Quiet times spent with the Lord reading His word, listening to Him, praying…these are our guides down the river of His grace. Life, formed as the mountains and valleys, is the land on the shores but grace carries us through them all to eternity with Jesus in heaven. The current of His love moves us on, through the highs and lows, as we focus on Him alone; the horizon and hope of our hearts.