Grace is something you can never earn or deserve, because it can only be given. God’s love and forgiveness is a gift of grace given to us in Jesus Christ. My confirmation pastor taught me that G.R.A.C.E. can be defined as God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. No one can climb the ladder of moral righteousness to achieve God’s favor, rather God has come down the ladder to us in Jesus Christ. Jesus’ death and resurrection are grace to us.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is a gift of God. Ephesian 2:8
However, the word is so heavily use among Lutherans that it becomes common jargon. Grace can lose its luster and awesome quality. I yearn for a fresh perspective on the gift of God’s grace to me. I yearn to be touched again by G.R.A.C.E.
Then tonight as I preached about God’s grace, it struck me, “This congregation is a gift of God to me.” I don’t deserve or merit their trust in my ministry. God’s grace is manifested in the welcome I have received as their pastor. The “awe” of that gracious gift overwhelmed me as I worshipped, prayed and preached among gracious people. Thanks be to God. And thanks be to Resurrection Lutheran Church.
Lord Jesus, touch us once again with your G.R.A.C.E.
You are a true gift to us at Resurrection! When the Call Committee announced that they had found a candidate that met all of our qualifications, we could hardly wait to meet you. They were right! God had called exactly the right person to lead us! We are so grateful!
Grateful I am for the work of the Holy Spirit in our midst.