Every Christian, despite our shortcomings and failures, has been saved by God’s grace.  It is free for the asking and God paid for it through His precious Son’s death and resurrection.

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).”  Ephesians 2:4-5

At one point in our journey through life, death comes to us all – no matter who we are, no matter how rich we are or how many things we achieve.  Death here not only means physical death; it can be the death of our career, business, dreams, marriage, our loved one or eventually our own lives.  Inevitable as death may seem, the grace we receive in Jesus Christ can make a difference in our lives.  If in our present lives we learn to dwell in God’s shelter, then we are also guaranteed a place of rest by God through His grace.  When we experience God’s love, we have received His grace.  This can bring our emotions, our thoughts, and our faith to new heights even in the midst of sorrow and despair.  This is God’s reward for us being patient and staying still as we wait upon Him.  Because of God’s grace, when we die, our story does not end.  He has promised us an eternal home.  The best is yet to come!  We should thank Him on a daily basis for His gift of grace.

I find myself overwhelmed at times thinking about His grace and mercy and the sacrifice of God’s Son Jesus to pay all our spiritual debts.  Several months ago Big Daddy Weave was in concert at the church I attend.  The lyrics of his song “Overwhelmed” are very fitting:

God, I run into your arms unashamed because of mercy
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by you.
I know the power of your cross
Forgiven and free forever you’ll be my God.
All that you’ve done is so overwhelming
I delight myself in you
In the Glory of your presence
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by you.

We can be instruments of God’s grace by sharing with others so that they too may have God’s wonderful grace.  “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason for the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”

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