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Thursday, August 16, 2012

God's Grace in Action

2 Corinthians 8:9 “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”

          The grace of God is His undeserved favor towards us. We deserve nothing from Him at all, yet He has seen fit to bestow upon us His favor. Christ willingly stepped down from the right hand of the Father to be that grace in bodily form as He allowed Himself to be brutally beaten and nailed to a cross. He was rich in all the attributes of God, yet made Himself poor and of no regard for our sake. By receiving Him we have become rich in a manner of speaking. It’s not monetary wealth we’re talking about. Money is used as an expression of love, but plays no part in this redemptive story. God made the decision to graciously save us from ourselves and our own devices, knowing full well what condition we would end up in from the start. He gave Adam and Eve everything they would ever need for survival and still they allowed themselves to be tricked into disobeying God. God displayed mercy in casting them out of Eden rather than destroying them and starting over.
          Our constant weakness and disobedience should cause our being cast out as well, however the love the Creator has for His creation is so intense and everlasting that He will not cast us aside. He rather has provided a liaison, if you will, in the form of His Holy Spirit. Once we receive Christ we receive in us our comforter and advocate, our liaison to God, the Holy Spirit. It’s a manifestation of God’s continued grace towards us. He gives us every advantage for the taking; however we tend to feel strong enough to take on certain situations on our own. Our own poverty comes in the form of understanding. We don’t grasp the seriousness of our circumstances and therefore fail to avail ourselves of the great riches of His grace and mercy to succeed in life.
          Success in God’s economy isn’t as the world sees it with monetary riches, prestige and power. Not at all. This is possibly one reason why some folks shun Christianity altogether. Humbleness, humility, grace, mercy, love, peace, hope and forgiveness are foreign concepts to the non-believer. These very same attributes make the believer rich in a way that is far more lasting and satisfying than any wealth or power ever could. The things of this world are temporary and shall crumble and disappear in time. The riches God gives are eternal in that they shall never pass away.

WALK WITH THE KING TODAY AND BE A BLESSING!!