“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
In Ephesians, Paul explains grace as an unearned, “not able to work for” gift from God. As a gift, grace needs to be received and opened. God’s grace has the divine power to rescue and save us, not just eternally but daily.
However, the world gives us mixed messages about grace. Author Max Lucado writes in his book Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine, “We talk as if we understand the term. The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace. We describe an actress as gracious and a dancer as graceful. We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, and pre-meal prayers. We talk as though we know what grace means. But we’ve settled for a wimpy grace that never causes trouble or demands a response” (7). This week, let us take time to receive God’s grace. Let’s embrace grace.
Where in your life do you need to embrace grace?
How will you share this gift with others this week?