BY DEBBIE DAVIS
Verse to Memorize: “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” 2 Cor 9:8
I became a Christian in 1975. In 2010 I finally started to learn what God’s grace was all about. Oh, I’d certainly heard of grace, memorized verses about grace, probably even did Bible studies about grace. But I didn’t really understand just what God’s grace meant to me in my life.
Then something happened that threw me into the Lord’s arms, and this is what I learned about grace. I learned that grace means that God loves me just as much as He loves His Son, Jesus, because Jesus is who He sees when He looks at me. That’s what the gift of Jesus’ sacrifice did. It covered me and all my sin with Him and all His holiness. And when I sin now, well, that has been covered by His sacrifice as well, so the Lord still doesn’t look at me with disgust.
And this is the biggie for me: I don’t have to earn God’s affection. He saved me by grace, and He is sanctifying me by grace. When I sin, I don’t incur His wrath, because it was all poured out on Jesus on the cross. After I’ve disobeyed, I don’t have to wait to ask for something until enough time has passed for Him to not be mad anymore. I remember many times feeling that I couldn’t ask the Lord for something because I had just blown it in a big way. Not true! He welcomes me every single time. He delights in me. He longs to be gracious to me.
In the past 5 years I have been ravenous to learn more about this undeserved gift that has set me free from striving to earn my sanctification. It’s God’s grace all the way, not my effort that brings change in me. Oh, that doesn’t mean I can just sit back with my feet up. I have things to do that the Lord has commanded, but rather than doing them to earn His love and acceptance, I do them out of thankfulness for the mind-bogglingly immense gift of salvation from my enslavement to sin. And that’s the key: it’s not ‘if I obey, then God will love me.’ It’s ‘I’m loved and accepted, therefore I wish to obey.’
So let’s rest in the sufficiency of His grace to do the good works He has for us.