Undeserved Grace

Another question I received:

I want to know what God’s gift of undeserved grace is

What a great question!  Simple, to the point, and profound.  It’s the greatest question anyone can ask, I believe, and it deserves an answer that is equally powerful. 

So, here it is: The gift of God’s undeserved grace is God Himself!  He offers Himself to us; He always has.  Think about it! 

In the beginning, God walked with His people.  He loved them and they loved Him.  He provided, out of Himself, everything they needed.  It was paradise.

Then, sin entered the world and everything changed.  The man and woman decided that they didn’t need God as much as they had previously thought and they believed that they could be wise and good on their own.  Ever since that day, men and women have tried to meet their own needs.  God, in His wisdom and love, allowed them to experience life on their own.  That’s why He sent them out of the Garden and that’s why people have suffered ever since.

But that was not the heart of God!  He wanted to provide for them Himself.  He wanted to meet their needs.  He wanted to walk in loving relationship with His people again.  He sent the Law to show them that they were neither wise nor good and He allowed the struggles of life to show them that they could never be truly successful apart from Him. 

When the time was right, God became a man to provide the way and to draw humankind to Himself.  Jesus is God’s grace!  He came to provide life for us.  He came to sacrifice Himself for us.  Now, Jesus is ready to be life for anyone who will come to Him.  (Galatians 2:20)

Many people will stop at that point and praise God for the gift of salvation in Jesus.  They know that Jesus came to provide the way to eternal glory and life.  But there is much more.  Jesus came not just to give us life, but to be our Life.  He is, as the Scriptures teach, our Strength, our Righteousness, our Hope.  All that we need, for life and godliness, is found in Him. (1 Peter 1:3)

God still wants to walk with us and be our Provider and Protector.  He does not offer us a way of living, a code of ethics, or a plan for good performance.  He offers us Himself.  This is grace!  We don’t deserve Him, but He loves us.  We have done nothing to make ourselves worthy, but He has made us worthy in Jesus.  We can do nothing to make ourselves holy, but He has made us holy in Jesus.  All because He wants us to be with Him. 

I have said that grace is what God does.  For more detail, I suggest that grace is the activity of God’s love.  I believe that these are correct and are supported by much Scripture.  Yet, the focal point of grace is Jesus.  God’s grace is found in a Person, God Himself in human flesh.  That’s why the foundational statement of our ministry is that Jesus is God’s grace for your heart!

What is God’s gift of undeserved grace?

  What a great question!  Simple, to the point, and profound.  It’s the greatest question anyone can ask, I believe, and it deserves an answer that is equally powerful. 

 So, here it is: The gift of God’s undeserved grace is God Himself!  He offers Himself to us; He always has.  Think about it! 

 In the beginning, God walked with His people.  He loved them and they loved Him.  He provided, out of Himself, everything they needed.  It was paradise.

 Then, sin entered the world and everything changed.  The man and woman decided that they didn’t need God as much as they had previously thought and they believed that they could be wise and good on their own.  Ever since that day, men and women have tried to meet their own needs.  God, in His wisdom and love, allowed them to experience life on their own.  That’s why He sent them out of the Garden and that’s why people have suffered ever since.

 But that was not the heart of God!  He wanted to provide for them Himself.  He wanted to meet their needs.  He wanted to walk in loving relationship with His people again.  He sent the Law to show them that they were neither wise nor good and He allowed the struggles of life to show them that they could never be truly successful apart from Him. 

 When the time was right, God became a man to provide the way and to draw humankind to Himself.  Jesus is God’s grace!  He came to provide life for us.  He came to sacrifice Himself for us.  Now, Jesus is ready to be life for anyone who will come to Him.  (Galatians 2:20)

 Many people will stop at that point and praise God for the gift of salvation in Jesus.  They know that Jesus came to provide the way to eternal glory and life.  But there is much more.  Jesus came not just to give us life, but to be our Life.  He is, as the Scriptures teach, our Strength, our Righteousness, our Hope.  All that we need, for life and godliness, is found in Him. (1 Peter 1:3)

 God still wants to walk with us and be our Provider and Protector.  He does not offer us a way of living, a code of ethics, or a plan for good performance.  He offers us Himself.  This is grace!  We don’t deserve Him, but He loves us.  We have done nothing to make ourselves worthy, but He has made us worthy in Jesus.  We can do nothing to make ourselves holy, but He has made us holy in Jesus.  All because He wants us to be with Him. 

 I have said that grace is what God does.  For more detail, I suggest that grace is the activity of God’s love.  I believe that these are correct and are supported by much Scripture.  Yet, the focal point of grace is Jesus.  God’s grace is found in a Person, God Himself in human flesh.  That’s why the foundational statement of our ministry is that Jesus is God’s grace for your heart!

I love to receive your comments!

dave@gracefortheheart.org

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2 responses to “Undeserved Grace

  1. Becky

    Hi Dave!

    Not only are we, as humans, hardpressed to understand and grasp grace. But, we live in a culture that is graceless (including some believers). Walking in and extending grace is counter cultural. The Word does tell us not to conform. It was alot easier on our flesh to not conform by what we wore or didn’t wear. Or not to conform by what kind of music we listened to. I’m scared out of my mind and thrilled to pieces to be learning grace.

    Thanks for writing!

    • “Scared out of my mind and thrilled to pieces”

      I really like that, Becky. Isn’t that a good description of a real relationship? You are right that grace is counter cultural. Very insightful to see that we try to be different by our dress and standards, rather than by living in grace. Great comment! Thanks!

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