The Gift of Grace
Duane Vander Klok
I recently wrote a Word in Season titled Grace + Faith = Redemption and I thought this excerpt from it might be just what you need to hear this week. I hope God speaks to you through it…
Grace is a gift for all people no matter their race, status, or nationality. Titus 2:11 says, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,” (NKJV). The key word is “appeared.” Grace is the starting line. It is there for everyone, but not everyone has received it. We must believe in the One it comes from, Jesus Christ, and then accept Him in order to receive it. This is where ‘Faith’ comes in. Faith is how we connect with God’s grace.
Again, grace is not earned, affected, or changed by our actions; but our life of faith is affected by how we choose to live. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” What happens is this: sin darkens our understanding and causes our hearts to get hard towards God. When your heart becomes hard to the voice of God, then your prayers, worship, and faith suffer. It becomes harder to hear and obey the word of God, and it limits your influence and impact in the world for His Kingdom.
When you feel like God has abandoned you, or that He isn’t speaking anymore, know that God and His grace hasn’t stopped. Isaiah 41:9-10 says, “…I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” He is still speaking into your life! Instead, turn your attention inward and ask “has my heart become hardened?” If your heart is hardened, you cannot connect with Him in faith. It is your connection with God!
Faith doesn’t get God to do something new. Faith receives what has already been done for you. Paul tells the church in Rome, and us, “So then by faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God,” (Romans 10:17, NKJV). Faith recognizes what God has already provided and says, “Yes, I believe that grace provided it, and I believe it’s for me. I believe it’s for me today. I believe it’s for me right now.” Faith is how we connect with God and His grace.