May 14, 2018.    Pastor Nkechi
Grace Defined

5 Even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).
Ephesians 2:5

I have found out that “grace” is one word that has so many definitions but they all say the same thing. Grace is, God’s unmerited favour; God’s favour which you don’t deserve but has been freely given to you; God’s willingness to use His power on our behalf. Grace and mercy pretty much work hand in hand. I like to call them twins because mercy is God withholding from you the judgment and the calamity that you deserve. We all sinned before we got born again and chances are extremely high that we sinned even after we got born again. By your sin, you deserve judgment but the mercy of God withholds from you that judgment you deserve; but He didn’t leave you empty. He poured out to you His grace and favour, which you don’t deserve as well.

Grace also means God’s divine ability given to you to do what He has called you to do. This is reassuring when you remember that you are an ambassador of Christ here on earth (2 Corinthians 5:20). Christ has so many things He wants to do on earth. As His ambassador, He gives you a portion of what He wants to do and then He equips you so that you can do it as though He was the one doing it. That’s awesome!

Some of us have T-shirts or have seen posters with the letters: WWJD: What Would Jesus Do. If Jesus was in your shoes what would He have done in that situation you are in? If Jesus had your job how would He have done it? Well, you see you don’t have to “crack your brain” to figure out what Jesus would have done. He has given you the grace, that is, the divine ability to do what He would have done just the way He would have done it. So if you don’t think you are doing it just the way Jesus would have done it, don’t give up, instead, tap into more of His grace and continue in the grace of God. As you continue, He will fine-tune you and you will find out that you can do whatever it is He has called you to do.

Grace can also be defined by using the letters of the word as an acronym for: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. Finally, it is God abounding towards you. Abounding means to super abound in quality and quantity, to be in affluence, to be in excess, to excel. God cannot run out of grace. The grace of God abounds towards us in wisdom and prudence.

Confession: Father, thank You because You are the God of all grace and Your grace cannot run dry!