God's greatest idea
Despite our best efforts, it is hard in our culture not to expect certain things—to feel as if we deserve favor because of who we are.
The Founding Fathers didn’t see it that way. They were so bold as to declare that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." The authors of the Declaration of Independence were clear that these Rights were not deserved, but rather endowed or provided to us from God.
What these men were describing was grace. And grace is so much bigger than a beautifully written document.
Grace costs God everything so that it could be given freely to us.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God –
~ Ephesians 2:8 NIV
The Bible tells us that through His mercy and by faith, God found a way to bridge the gap of a broken relationship. Max Lucado calls this God’s best idea. “Of all his wondrous works, grace, in my estimation, is the magnum opus,” he writes. And he has a point. We’ve been saved by grace, shaped by grace, strengthened and emboldened—all by grace.
Maybe that’s why we call it amazing.
Even if it can’t be fully explained or understood, grace is an awe-inspiring offering for each of us to discover. It is as unique as our fingerprints. Grace ensures a future beyond the greatest hopes of the greatest men.
In his book, The Grace Awakening, Charles Swindoll tells the story of the great Scottish preacher George McDonald, who was describing to his son the glories of the future. His little boy interrupted and said, “It seems too good to be true, Daddy.” A smile spread across McDonald’s whiskered face as he answered back, “Nay, Laddie, it is just so good that it must be true!”
Jesus told Paul, “My grace is sufficient.” It is immense, magnificent and undeserved. It also comes with a great responsibility. We must share this grace with one another. We can do this by being kind, forgiving and helpful, even when it’s underserved. The grace tank is always full.
Grace: God’s greatest idea. A gift given with so much love that nothing can ever add to it and nothing can ever diminish it. It is that good. And it is ours.
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Originally Posted: Feb 23, 2012