12 Things I Never Knew About Grace
- Grace teaches me to live my life before an audience of One, disinterested in the lofty and lowly opinions of others.
- Grace reminds me “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (even when a fancy personality test validates major character flaws I’ve been denying).
- Grace joyfully persists in the seemingly impossible task of making me more like Jesus.
- Grace says, “if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”
- Grace grants us sinners a chance to be used for God’s divine plans: “In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work” – 2 Timothy 2:20-21.
- Grace considers me holy and blameless, even when I don’t feel like it.
- When everything around me is crazy, grace keeps me sane.
- Grace says, “Just come. There’s nothing I can’t heal.”
- Grace justifies me, even though I fall short all the time.
- Grace sings sweet songs over me.
- Grace is given only because of God’s immeasurable love: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” - Ephesians 2: 8-9.
- Grace is an essential ingredient to spiritual maturity; thus, Paul exhorts us to “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus,” so we can live powerful, effective lives.
While grace is already available to each of us, it’s our job to apprehend it. In 2 Peter 3:18, Paul tells us to “grow in grace,” and thus grow in recognition, knowledge and understanding of Jesus Christ. But, how do we grow in grace? First, we ask Holy Spirit, to explain grace to us. Then, as we’re overwhelmingly humbled by God’s kindness and mercy, we resolve to pay the simple, glorious, yet uncomfortable price of knowing Jesus more: dying to self. As we apprehend grace, Jesus will dominate in our lives and we’ll be led “as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and used to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere” (2 Corinthians 2:14).
-Alexis // @alexisreb