It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a Christian. The message of grace is a reminder of who we are, our desperate need, and what our God has done. It can, if we allow it, restore us and refresh us. It proclaims our future regardless of our current condition. It s a present from God of an accomplishment and a status we could never obtain on our own.
We were sinners. We were the enemies of God. We were condemned to death. Yet God saved us. He went to the Cross and redeemed us.
And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. – Acts 20:32, ESV
The primary message of the Bible is intended to build us up. God saved us from our sins. God took our punishment upon the Cross. With the punishment dealt with, we have His forgiveness and we are able to come into His presence. With the ability to approach God, we can have confidence that God hears our prayers. We will receive an inheritance He has prepared for us: eternal life.
We are still sinful people. We still make mistakes. We are still disobedient. Yet with grace comes a promise that God will work in us to make us more like Him. Not only that, but He also promises to stand with us, to be there in good times and in bad. It all starts with grace.
As you begin this week, take some time to reflect on God’s grace. How has God changed you? How do you want Him to change you? How has He showed up in your life and in the lives of those you know? The Christian walk starts with grace. Let us start this week with thoughts of and thankfulness for grace.