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.
Lord, Your grace to us abounds in more ways than we can ever acknowledge. That You love us enough to save us in spite of ourselves just brings us to our knees, Lord. Help us to understand the power and the magnitude of Your amazing grace. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen
God in His goodness sheds His common grace on believers and nonbelievers alike. Even those who claim not to believe in God are created in His image, and so, by God’s grace, they know many of the same joys and blessings that believers experience. They may also welcome a newborn baby into the world. They experience the beauty of the sunrise, the sweet smell after a gentle rain, or the sun on their face just the same as do those who give God the honor He is due.
Some of these people like to talk about their “bucket list”—things they hope to do before they die. Yet it would undoubtedly be more valuable for them to develop a “spiritual list”—things they will believe, understand and embrace before they die. Surely God’s grace would be at the top of that list.
Not only do we not want to miss God’s amazing grace, we don’t even want to miss the glimpses of grace He places in the simplest of places and deeds. A visit with an old friend can be bathed in His grace. A brief exchange with someone in line can deliver a blessed amount of His grace into their day. We must ask God to open our eyes to all the creative ways He is sending His grace into our world so we don’t miss even the glimpses of it.
Scholars and theologians through the ages have tried in vain to describe God’s grace. It’s more expansive, more generous, more all-encompassing than we can begin to fathom! Yet those who stand in the light of God’s amazing grace know that it is the very essence of life. It is the one thing that will sustain us throughout our lives—on earth and in eternity.
Amazing grace! That’s certainly what it is. Grace that gives a sinner entrance into heaven. Grace that reaches down to heal the sick and lift up the poorest of the poor. Grace that changes hearts in an instant. Grace that “saved a wretch like me” as the beloved hymn by John Newton proclaims. Newton, who had been an active slave trader, was truly amazed that God’s grace could even extend to him—but it did! Likewise, it is extended to each one of us.
With God’s grace, His unmerited favor, falling upon us we can survive most anything. In times of plenty or of want, His grace is sufficient. When we feel so exhausted we don’t know how we’ll get through the morning, let alone the day, His grace is sufficient. When serious illness strikes or death is imminent, His grace is sufficient. Once we accept God’s grace, it pervades every aspect of our life here on earth—right now, wherever we are.
How grateful we should be for God’s marvelous, glorious gift of grace, and how foolish we would be not to accept it. For to those who believe, God’s grace creates a wonderful path to salvation. It is the amazing grace that assures us, regardless of what we have or haven’t done on this earth, we will have eternal life simply by believing in God’s Son, Jesus Christ. We rely on that eternal, life-saving grace. It is the blessed assurance on which we stand.
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by Nancey Brummette
Nancy Parker Brummett first led a Bible study in an assisted living setting in 1999 and she and the Lord developed The Hope of Glory in the years that followed. She also journeyed with her mother and mother-in-law through their adventures in aging, and her academic interest in aging led her to receive the Professional Certificate of Gerontology from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. The author of four other books, she now focuses her writing and speaking ministries on her passion for older adults and those who care for them. To learn more about Nancy’s life and work or to subscribe to her blog on aging issues, Take My Hand Again, visit her website.