For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
“Grace” refers to God’s unmerited favor. It is kindness from God we don’t deserve.
There is nothing we have done, nor can ever do to earn this favor. It is a gift from God.
So we are saved by grace (saving grace), but then are also given enabling grace which gives us the ability to live Christ honoring lives. This enabling grace also empowers us to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit–to hear God speaking to us. Enabling grace helps us to fulfill our various callings and honor Christ with our lives.
From the Fullness of God’s grace we have all received one blessing after another. 1 John 1:16
When I think about grace I think about the often told story about the jar that gets filled up with stones, pebbles and sand. They are mean to represent the important things in life and putting those first and then the other things will fit as well.
Well, I have a slightly different jar illustration; where our “rocks” are our strengths, gifts, personalities and things we can offer. We can put in as many as we can fit in the jar that is our life but it will never be totally filled because there are cracks and small spaces in between.
Grace is like the pitcher of water that’s poured into our jars. It not only covers all of our “rocks” but it also fills in all of the cracks. In all of the places where we are lacking, there is grace. And it keep being poured in so that it can overflow out of our own jars and into the lives of others. And sometimes the fewer rocks we put in, the better because then there can be even more room for grace.
All we have to do is receive and stop trying to fill up the jar all on our own.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
And now for your Friday afternoon enjoyment; my favorite song about grace by my favorite worship band Hillsong United-Like an Avalanche