Grace. It’s one of those Christian words right? We insert it into passing conversation and small talk as if it’s somehow a menial or mundane topic in our faith. In reality grace is one of the most pivotal realities to grasp in our walk with Jesus. Now, I agree, it is incredibly difficult to comprehend and understand in a short time, but that’s only because our God and his love and his sacrifice so exceeds what we could imagine or hope to learn. That sounds hopeless but I urge you, never give up on understanding what grace means in your experience with our Heavenly Father.
I’ve got just one verse for us that, I feel, really encompasses a small portion of what grace really means to us as Jesus Followers
Romans 8:1-2, Paul writes these words…
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
Paul is saying that because of the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross He paid the ultimate price for the sins of humanity; He has remedied the separation from Him that we would experience otherwise. That means that Jesus has paid yesterday’s sins, today’s sins, and tomorrow’s sins in full. Now, here’s where things get murky, so stay with me. A lot of people read that and they think wow, so that means I can keep on living my same old sinful life and Jesus just covers it all with some kind of divine credit card?!
But what this should mean for us is wow, my heavenly Father paid the price for my very existence and because of His sacrifice I am now compelled to live a life that glorifies who He is, not only for me, but for everyone that I encounter! And yes, we could just keep on living with same sinful patterns, and in all honesty we will always mess up we will always sin, we will always fall short however, God and His grace will still be there with open arms.
If you imagine a home, and a child is missing from that household, do the parents sleep knowing their child is missing? Of course not, they are in a constant state of readiness for the homecoming of that wayward child. Did you know God is just a father who wants all his kids to come home? No matter how far you’ve wandered, the money you’ve spent, the mistakes you’ve made, he’s waiting at home for you in an eternal state of readiness, hoping that one day you’ll walk through the door.
On the night before He was crucified Jesus told his disciples, I am going to prepare a place for you, in my Father’s house there are many rooms. The next day he would pay the ultimate price, and the doors of the Father’s house would swing wide; ready to be filled with the children of our God.
Grace is the reality that you have been adopted by a heavenly Father, and he is just waiting for you to come home. Scripture says that this earth is not our true home, but if we’re still here, we may as well extend the grace we’ve received to all the Father’s children. A home can only truly be enjoyed, when all have arrived. You have been received grace freely, so you can give it freely.