Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Daily Grace

I have a sweet friend at church who recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. In addition to this child, she has a little daughter named Grace. When she returned to work, she entrusted the care of the new baby to her mother who posted her excitement on Facebook. I would like to quote her post, "Loving my new job! [My grandson] is the perfect baby and I get to see Grace everyday! Man, it doesn't get any better than this!"

I had to turn this one over in my head a few times... We should all be so excited... We should all be seeing Grace everyday. Of course, not the person Grace, but God's grace. Yet we run headlong into our day with blinders on our eyes. Or maybe we are so overwhelmed by a circumstance that we just can't see past it and we forget the graciousness of God.

Isaiah 30:18 says "The Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion..." God doesn't just kinda want to show us grace - He LONGS to show us grace. He RISES to show us how compassionate He is.. and, yet, we forget..

Ephesians tells us that it is God's grace that saved us. We had nothing to do with it other than accepting it as a free gift. God so longed to show us His compassion that He rose to the occasion and gave His Son so that we could experience His grace...every day. Ephesians 1:7 says that we have forgiveness of sins in accordance with the RICHES of God's grace...every day. 2 Corinthians 12:9 tells us that His grace is enough...every day. Ephesians 2 says that He has raised us up and seated us in the heavenly realms with Jesus. Not that He is going to - He already did. And you know why? So that he can show us the INCOMPARABLE riches of His grace...every day. And I could just go on...

Are you experiencing daily grace? Do you get to see Grace everyday? Oh, that we would realize what we have been and are being given. Then we could say with Grace's grandmother, "Man, it doesn't get any better than this!"

Dear Jesus, Open our eyes to see the gift you have given us. Help us to experience Your grace daily. Help us to recognize Your compassion. You are too wonderful for words. Amen

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