It’s been on my mind a lot lately, for months actually, and I knew I wanted to write something about grace but not sure what. Then, this past week I have read several blogs and several postings here and there and they’ve all mentioned GRACE! Today is the day.
Two months ago I sent my dear friend an email with one question, “Is Grace Really Enough?” She had a lot to say but the most convicting was, “Do I have enough GRACE so that I can extend it to others?” It is a question like that which causes me to dig deep.
Webster’s has a long definition of the word grace but the one I am going to quote is this, the manifestation of favor, especially by a superior. His definitions go on to pinpoint that to God Himself.
We are given graces every day. In the ordinary. Our lights go on when it’s dark. Clean water flows when we turn on a faucet. When we wake up breathing we have been given grace for another day of living. Some of my daily graces:
I am grateful for my family, books, flowers, “things” around me, and although I call them graces in life I still had to do something to acquire them. I gave birth! I collected books! I planted seeds! You get my point.
So, what is the one grace that is enough? The one that fills us to overflow so we can offer it to others? It is Webster’s number 9a: the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.
It is the grace that brings salvation through faith, and nothing that we do ourselves, but it is God’s gift; we don’t have to work for it, or prove ourselves, or be prideful of – God offers it to us through the life, death, burial and resurrection of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. (my paraphrase of Ephesians 2.8-10)
We don’t have to suffer labor pains, get our hands dirty, pay money…we only need to open our hearts and receive this free grace gift…and when we do and let it absorb and plant deeply into our spirit then we will have enough to offer it to others.
Today, I offer you GRACE.