Wednesday, October 12, 2005

By His Grace...

There is something about the word grace that brings me into complete awe of God. We know this word to mean "unmerited favor" and that is exactly how we should view it. The self-sufficiency of God brings me to the realization that God does not need me because He is fully satisfied in Himself. The God of all the universe and all creation did not need to do any of it, but instead did so out of joy and pleasure; He "saw that it was good." And as I learn I see that it is only by His Word that He created. "The God said, 'let there be light;' and there was light" (Gen. 1:3); "By the word of the Lord the heavens were made...for He spoke, and it was done" (Psalms 33:6, 9). This is how simple it is for Our God to have created and we know how easy it would be for Him to destroy, all we would have to do is read Genesis 6-8. Instead we see that all things are held together by, in and through Him (Rom. 12:36, Col 1:16-17). Therefore our existence alone depends solely on the grace of God.

This is where I begin to be blown away in so many ways that one day I hope to write a book about it. The grace of God, because we exist, extends to every single aspect of our lives. From the moment we are first conceived to the day we breathe our last everything is under the grace of God. I wake up by His grace; I move by His grace; I talk by His grace; I think by His grace; I even type this journal by His grace. Then as I think of all the good things, because I exist and in my existence I am fallible, God's grace allows me the opportunity to continue to live and breathe. Jesus, in His divine wisdom, said "He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous" (Matt. 5:45). God's grace provides every human being the opportunity to experience His blessings, whether they are good or evil, righteous or unrighteous. It is amazing to me that by His grace (and an amazing display of His patience and mercy) God does not condemn me to death because of my unrighteous anger or jealousy or greed or idolatry.

The ultimate display of His grace is found in the person of Jesus Christ. Why did Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, die for us? We already know that God has no need for us, so if there is no need, why would He send His Son to die for His creation--a creation that has done nothing but rebel against Him since the days of Adam? "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works so that no one may boast" (Eph 2:8-9). This popular salvation passage reveals new truths to me everytime it comes to mind. Christ--the Word made flesh--came not to fulfill some need to be in relationship with us, but because of this unmerited favor, this grace. This is the most selfless giving we can ever attempt to know or try to comprehend.

One day I wish truly to share everything that I think about Our Lord's grace. As He reveals more of Himself to me daily I trust that volumes can be (and already have been) written about His grace, for without it, we would cease to be.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous6:24 PM

    Andrew,
    I'll repeat what I told you recently in a voice message: You're one of my favorite people in the world. You truly spur me on (Heb 10:24-25) and for that I am sincerely grateful.

    You will write a book one day, and it will be great. And b/c you write for His glory, and you realize that it is only by His grace that you are able to write and to write so well, it will be all the better.

    Thanks for your words and your encouragement! Also, thanks for coming to my show the other night- that meant so much to me!

    Angel

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