Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – July 7, 2015
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. Ephesians 1:7
Wealth is a measure of financial capacity. Over the years, a few very wealthy people have supported the work of Ministry Ventures and Wisdom Hunters—both Christ-centered ministries. They gave five and six figure gifts according to the riches of their wealth. Very generous indeed—of which I am exceedingly grateful to the Lord. As a freshman in college I found myself spiritually bankrupt—incapable of paying my sin debt to God. But by the riches of God’s grace in Christ, He paid off my insurmountable debt. By faith, I became wealthy in grace.
In Christ we have redemption: saved—being saved—will be saved from sin. Jesus sweat blood so we could be forgiven by His blood on the cross. Yet, the wealth of God’s grace must be redeemed to take affect. Like scores of unredeemed gift cards that remain inactive, so we remain unaffected by God’s grace until by faith in Jesus, we activate it’s riches. The measure of His gift is His measureless capacity, only limited by the modest measure of our faith. What gets measured can get better. What is the measure of your faith in access to the riches of God’s grace?
“In order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7).
If we just get by on a dribble of grace here and there, we are destined to be spiritually fatigued—even anemic. Instead, the Holy Spirit bids us to come boldly to His throne of grace with our needy selves. We need grace to receive criticism well and we need grace not to administer criticism harshly. We need grace to pray daily with our spouse. We need grace to be an adult when our child acts childish. We need grace not to be angry when we don’t get our way and we need grace when others don’t get their way. We never overdraw our bank account of God’s grace.
As with money we spend grace generously and wisely. In reference to the good things in our lives— it’s by the grace of God we are who we are. An effective leader—only by the grace of God. A nurturing mom and engaged dad—by God’s grace. A gifted speaker, writer, artist, athlete, actor, stock broker, principal, politician, programmer and plumber—all by grace. If we take credit for our success we risk becoming a failure. Like a child who inherited billions from their parents, we cannot begin to take credit for our wealth in God’s grace. Yes, we are rich with God’s riches!
“Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?” (James 2:5).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, grow me into a great steward of wealth in the riches of Your grace.
Related Readings: Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Ephesians 3:8; Colossians 2:2-3
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