100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 51
You Are Given Grace Feely in Jesus (Ephesians 1:6)
You are given…
But I must earn it.
You are given…
But only if I…
You are a grace recipient. It pleases God to favor you in His Son, Jesus. But if you are like many people, you actually struggle with God’s grace. In our merit-based society, we earn favor, respect, wealth, etc. Think about it: even some parenting techniques follow the approach of earning a good standing with mom and dad. Children often hear that bad behavior will make the parent mad, and they experience outrage when they mess up. Subsequently, without realizing it, parents train children to become idolaters. (For a healthy parenting approach in the infant, early childhood and adolescent stages, consider a well-known source by Dr. Tedd Tripp, Shepherding a Child’s Heart.) It should be no surprise that some adapt their understanding of how to keep a parent happy to their relationship with the Father in heaven. This approach concludes, “God must be mad at me because I messed up.” The truth of grace is completely negated in the heart.
Grace is unearned and unmerited. You cannot buy grace or be good enough for grace. Grace meets you right where you are and welcomes you in. Grace brings you into fellowship with holy God via the spilled blood of Jesus. Grace provides for every need you have all the days of your life. God’s grace is truly amazing!
Ready to take the identity trait as a grace recipient one step further? The Bible states, “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8). Everyone needs God’s grace in Christ Jesus, whether they realize it or not. You were not deserving; they are not deserving, yet it is God’s will that every person encounter His grace and receive it completely. Child of God, you are given grace freely in Jesus, and you extend it just as freely. No more judgment toward the one who struggles- just grace.
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
Reflect on your life prior to your surrendering all to Jesus. Consider the cycles you experienced then and compare them to the freedom and victory that you live now. Evaluate the hope you have everyday in comparison to the despair and confusion that accompanied your former life. Give God His deserving praise for this greatest example of His grace. Take a few moments to revisit numerous accounts of His grace at work in your life. Finally, “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15).