WEEK 2: Grace
Grace, by definition, is unmerited favour. Therefore, in order for grace to exist, there would need to be an object undeserving of the favour being bestowed upon it. Grace should cause all of us to fall to our knees and admit our dependence on God.
I love the way Jesus explained this truth in the ‘Parable of the Lost Son’ in Luke 15:21 – “Then his son told him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and you. I don’t deserve to be called your son anymore’” (emphasis mine).
This is where you and I come in… The conversation of grace always begins with “I don’t deserve” and this is an absolute, universal truth. It is not true for some and false for others. We, all of us, don’t deserve life, love, happiness, blessings, good health, children, friends or laughter. The consequences don’t stop there though… if we don’t deserve life, happiness and laughter, then the next logical question to ask is ‘So then what do we deserve?’ and the answer is pretty scary: NOTHING GOOD! The reason for this is that we have sinned against a holy and perfect God by disobeying His commands.
Here are some practical questions we could ask ourselves to see if we acknowledge and worship God for His grace, or take the grace of God for granted in our lives:
Do you consider yourself to be a good person?
What standard do you use to measure what is good?
When you measure your goodness according to God’s standards (Exodus 20:1-17; Mark 12:28-34) , do you find yourself guilty (evil) or innocent (good)?
What is the penalty for transgressing God’s commandments (Romans 6:23)?
Praise God that this is not the end of the story! (Read John 3:16-17)
The amazing thing about grace is that it is always undeserved, and when it is acknowledged and understood, it always produces a grateful and thankful heart.
Prayer Points: Thank the Lord for His favour. Thank the Lord for His kindness towards you. Thank the Lord for the many blessings He pours out on you each day. Thank the Lord for His goodness towards you.