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Ocean of Grace

In Soul Food on February 3, 2011 by The Spillover

To ponder God’s grace is to be overwhelmed.

The fact is, everything we are, everything we have, everything we’ve done, everything we will ever do, everyone we love, everything we attempt, every thought we have…is all by the grace of God. Aside from the grace of God, we have nothing, and we are nothing.

God created us. We rebelled. He then came to save us. We can claim the name of the Glorious Savior who took our rebellion upon Himself, though He was blameless. We can transfer our sins – past, present, and future – onto the Christ; in turn, He offers us His own righteousness. This is nearly beyond comprehension. And why…why? Because we deserved it?

Who can honestly say they deserve to have their punishment laid on the Savior God, instead of laying in the bed they’ve made?

What human being, selfish as we are, could honestly claim to deserve the righteousness of our sinless, perfect, glorious God?

Of course nobody deserves such a gift! Not only does no one deserve it – no one could ever do anything on this earth, no matter how virtuous, to warrant the giving of such extravagance from God to man.

It’s the ultimate offer of grace. The ultimate gift.

By this ocean of grace we can be adopted into God’s family; saved; justified; made clean; made holy. By this grace we can know Him, pray to Him, read and understand His Word, decipher His will, repent of our sin, live by His morals, and walk with the Holy Spirit.

It’s only by God’s grace that we’re any different than any pagan, sexual deviant, or murderer. Really, what separates us from them? God’s grace, that’s what. Think of Paul’s life, before and after grace.

The difference between the most belligerent life of sin and the most humble life of service to God is not a testament to how “good” the saint is; no, it is a testament to the awesome grace of God.

It’s only by God’s grace that we can have the honor of living to glorify Him. If left to ourselves, would we want to glorify God with our lives? I can speak personally here and tell in no uncertain terms that I would not. Aside from God’s grace, I would seek to glorify someone, but it certainly wouldn’t be God.

I thank God that His grace saved me and allows me to walk through life as His disciple. I can tell you that without it, I would have no hope.

I thank God for the manifestation of His grace in your life.

I thank God that His grace is big enough to cover anyone who will humble themselves to understand the magnitude of what’s being offered.

I thank God for the Calvary believers who seek to live for His glory.

Let’s meditate on this grace, and how huge and crazy and awesome it is. Let’s get filled up with it and spill it onto people around us. By the evidence of God’s grace in our lives, people will be pulled toward it, and Christ, like gravity.

And as God’s grace brings more and more people to Christ, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.  -2 Corinthians 4:15 (NLT)

And that’s the proper response to this grace we’ve been offered, isn’t it?

More and more glory to God. And more and more and more and more and more.

One Response to “Ocean of Grace”

  1. “Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.” -Isaiah 50:4

    We are truly blessed beyond words, that He would want to know us and help us.

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