Unlimited: God’s Grace Surpasses All Our Hopes
Nov 21, 2016 1121
God… raised us up with Christ… 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 2:4–7, NIV).
Grace shows us that God is seeking sinners to bless them and change them, and to fill their lives with fruitfulness, innocence and joy. This is because God is what He says he is – Love.
We need to tell the world that grace is God’s unimaginable generosity. It led God to give us Christ, God’s “gift that is too wonderful for words!” (2 Corinthians 9:15 CEV). It led God to promise to supply as we need it, “exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20, KJV).
Remember the paralytic being lowered into the room where Christ is preaching (Mt 9:1-7). The suffering man hopes for physical restoration. What does Christ, the generous Saviour do? He not only gives the man what he hopes for, but also something more wonderful. “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven” (Matthew 9:2, NIV).
Now remember the starving prodigal son in his tattered clothes, with his almost broken spirit (Luke 15:11–32). He resolves to go to his father. His father’s servants have bread enough to eat and to spare, so the son will ask to be made a servant. What happens? The son is reinstated in his father’s house! He is given a ring, special shoes, a valuable robe – and a feast. This is a picture of divine grace in action. – Desmond Ford
Eli’s Reflection: Can you think of a time when God showed you grace above and beyond what you expected? It might have been a prayer that was answered in a way you didn’t imagine, or just how God worked through his providence in your life, or even your own conversion. Find a group of people to share your experience with. It could be in your church, study group, or even your family.