Overcome Day 2: Amazing Grace
Read: John 1:16-17, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, and Ephesians 2:1-10
In our world today, we are works based. We are built around an incentive based mindset. We have been conditioned to think that if you want to receive something you must work for it. We are used to achieving rather than receiving. We are used to working rather than resting. We are used to striving rather than relaxing.
So when Paul shares with us the concept of grace, we have a hard time wrapping our brains around it. When he writes “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” and “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.” it doesn’t register in our minds. We find it difficult to understand that we don’t have to achieve it, we don’t have to work for it, we don’t have to strive for it; we just have to rest in God’s rich mercy and receive His abundant grace.
God’s grace is not based on our works, but on the work that Jesus did on the cross. God’s grace is not because of anything we have done, but because of what Jesus has done. God’s grace is does not rely on our performance, but because of Jesus performance in our place. God’s grace is not dependent upon our condition, but because of our position as His son or daughter. Nothing you could ever do could achieve God’s grace and you can never out sin God’s grace. You can’t out work God’s grace and you can’t out run God’s grace.
Are you working for God’s grace? Do you think that because of what you’ve done or because of who you are you don’t deserve God’s grace? Are you resting in or resisting God’s grace?
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