Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Gift of Grace




I’ve been blessed to open more than my share of gifts over the last few days. Friends and family have taken their time and money to find something they feel will be just right.

I’ve noticed gifts are usually in one of three categories: something I need, something I want, or something that will be good for me. Loved ones have taken time to listen over the last few months and then found the perfect gift. The gifts are always as diverse as the people giving them and the ones I seem to love most are the gifts I didn’t know to ask for.

As much as I have loved receiving each gift, I am fully aware that the best gifts come from Father God. As it turns out, He also gives something we need, something we want, or something that is good for us. We can never deserve the gift of His grace, and yet He lavishes it upon us. 

As if it wasn’t enough for Him to create a universe suspended in a delicate balance to support all life, He then sent His own son to Earth to take the punishment for our sin. By Jesus’ birth and death, we now can spend an eternity in Heaven with God. But He didn’t stop there! God knew we had to endure life in the world first, so He gives us His Holy Spirit to encourage and instruct our hearts while we’re here. See what I mean? Something we need, something we want, and something that is good for us.

The thing that amazes me most about God is not just the big picture, it’s the little things. God is in the details. I feel His grace not only in the salvation through His Son, but in the moments when I’m fully aware that I am not enough on my own. He pours out His grace when my heart hurts because I fell into the same stronghold of sin … again. God’s grace appears when I start believing all the lies the world tells me and He reminds me who I am. He provides the perfect gift of grace even when I don’t know what to ask for.

The most amazing thing about grace is that we can never earn it. God’s grace doesn’t appear when we check three boxes and sign on the dotted line. His grace appears when we realize how much we need Him. He generously pours it out again and again, giving us what we need, what we want, or what is good for us. Thankfully, His supply is unending!

Be blessed,
Jennifer
 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

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