TODAY’S MEDITATION – Understanding the grace of God (Acts 4:33)

It is common to hear people say that the grace of God is an underseved favour, which is true. Yet, many people sadly link the grace of God to our blessings alone. Today’s verse says: “With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all.” Obviously they enjoyed the grace of God to do God’s work! The same, we read that “Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people” (Acts 6:8). Yes, my brother, my sister, we need to understand a principle concerning grace today: it is not currency we can spend whenever we sin. Certainly not! The first thing we need to keep in mind is that the grace of God is precious, and no one earns it and it is given to us to work for the Kingdom, not for our personal earthly desires. As fallen people, we certainly do not deserve God’s mercy. However, He opens the windows of heaven and pours His grace on us through the sacrifice of the cross. Therefore, understand that Jesus Christ IS the grace of God: ” Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given” (John 1:15-17)! How? He did not die on the cross so that we can take sin lightly and flaunt our freedoms without consequences. He said: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them” (Matthew 5:17). He also did not die in order to give us a constricting and rigid life, but to set us free of bondage instead. Now, we need to understand the cost of our sin to understand what the grace of God really means and to avoid taking it for granted and we can fall short of the grace (Hebrews 12:15). In other words, it is when you fully understand Jesus’ sacrifice and love, that you will also begin to cherish your relationship with Him above everything else. Yes, if you love God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind, you will definitely hate sin and crave a closer relationship with Him. That’s what the grace of God is: it brings you to live a life pleasing to the Lord above anything else! Our blessings have been restored to us in Christ already (Ephesians 1:3), so let’s stop associating the grace of God to things that are already ours, in other words, earthly possessions alone… for, the grace of God is meant to make us to understand that God truly cares about our lives and is giving us the opportunity to be the children of the King of kings, because He wants us to be in His throne, where grace showers all who enter into His presence. Yes, my friend, as you grow in intimacy with the Lord, you will discern His voice and obey Him, regardless of your circumstances, with the assurance that He God is able to handle any obstacle that stands in your way, for the Bible says “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (1 Peter 5:10). Through obedience to His Word, you can then watch as His grace unfolds before your very eyes. That’s what the grace of God is. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name. [retweet] [facebook]