Begin at the beginning…. who is He? God our Heavenly Father, the King of Kings, and Lord of all. He is mighty and loving and super creative. He offers a gift of grace to all who believe in His holy name. The grace he extends covers many areas but today I want to share with you His ultimate saving grace. Grace is described by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod as:
Good will and favor shown to one who can plead no merit, particularly, the love of God in relation to the sinner as such. There may be love, but not grace, between equals or between a judge and an innocent person. Grace implies mercy or compassion for one who has by every right forfeited his claim on love.
I began to have a small understanding of grace when I was in an organization called Ongoing Ambassadors for Christ. We traveled to different Lutheran churches over weekends and held gatherings, worship and would canvass the neighborhoods. We would literally go door to door and ask whomever answered this question, “If you were to die tonight, do you believe you would go to heaven?”. I remember a few specific incidents from those times. (Which is amazing because I have a horrid memory) One woman answered the door and listened to our question and then she shared how she did believe she would go to heaven because she was a good person, did the right things when in a difficult situation, and was kind….but she didn’t mention Jesus at all. I remember witnessing to her, telling her that she could be confident in her salvation because of Jesus Christ, not because of anything she did. We shared scripture verses with her and even prayed with her. I believe that is when the truth of God’s grace began to seep into my understanding. Isn’t it amazing that I was learning about grace while He was using me to share it with others? I believe that is how God works… He equips us right where we are to do the job He needs done in that moment and all the while He is giving us understanding and knowledge new and fresh to us.
Ephesians 2:8 & 9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. ” Assurance of eternal life in heaven can only come through Jesus Christ. We are sinners from the beginning and no matter how hard we try to change, how much effort we put into clean living, we will fail and make poor choices ,and do the very things we wish we hadn’t. But because Jesus Christ came down from heaven, walked this earth and was crucified on the cross we can believe 100% in eternal life and heaven. That is grace! We can’t change ~ so He changed for us, we couldn’t have stood the suffering, so He suffered for us, we couldn’t save ourselves from our sins and damnation, so He saved us. That Is Grace ~ and it’s a grace I walk in each day.
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