Key Passage: Ephesians 1: 5-10
Key Word: Ephesians 1: 8 – “….it is the gift of God….”,
One of the greatest challenges of the rational human mind is the word free. People are quick to point out that nothing is free and that not only has someone paid for it, you who are the recipient of the ‘free gift’ are just not aware of the hidden agenda behind the free gift.
So people naturally struggle with anything free. The human mind wants to believe that there is something we need to do to enjoy the free riches of God’s grace. We believe we have to qualify in some special way for this grace. We have to earn it somehow. But the truth is you can never earn God’s grace. There is no doubt that grace costs. But God through Christ bore the full price of the free grace and He does not expect us to pay a dime for it. We are just to receive it and enjoy it.
Think about it, and please think deeply about this. The air we breathe in everyday. Do we pay for it? Do we work to earn it? Do we qualify to breathe? The answer is self-evident. No one pays to breathe. Yet do we even know how the air gets supplied? Yet air or in our case oxygen, is most vital for life. We cannot last more than 5 minute without it. We take as much as we want and it never seems to run out. This is exactly how the grace of God functions.
It is like the air we breathe. It is always there and it never runs out. It is very vital for life and we cannot do without it. It comes from the God who made the Oxygen we breathe in every second. In an uncanny way, God provided air for breath and grace for life.
So today, I want to encourage you to inhale deeply and get your lungs full of oxygen, and then breathe in again, but this time breath-in the grace of God. Open your heart to receive grace and know that you really do not need to pay for it. Just receive it and live in it. It is a most liberating experience to receive God’s grace of forgiveness, mercy, redemption, justification, and glorification.
Just breathe today. Grace abounds.
Let us Pray: Father, Thank you for the free provision of your grace. Thank you that just like you gave us air to breathe, you also have given us grace to live. Help me to always take as much grace as I need for my daily living. In Jesus name I pray. Amen