“For by GRACE you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Eph 2:8-9
Fishers of Men catch men by sharing Good News. The Good News is commonly referred to in the Scripture as the GOSPEL. The GOSPEL identifies what keeps a man or woman from connecting to God and also reveals how the same man or woman can enter into a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
The GOSPEL, when shared, highlights four distinct themes: GRACE, SIN, REDEMPTION, and FAITH. Each week for the next 4 weeks, I plan to highlight those themes in this blog.
This week – GRACE.
GRACE, by definition, is unmerited favor. It is neither earned nor deserved. It is a gift given by a gracious God that enables you and I to respond to Him. The door to a personal and intimate relationship with God has been opened because of God’s GRACE. Listen to this:
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His GRACE which He lavished on us.” Ephesians 1:7-8
God has “lavished” His grace on you. He wants you to enter through the door to a reconciled relationship with Him. You can because He wants it. But you must never forget that it is only possible through His GRACE – not your worthiness, value, sincerity, desire, or even your attempts to change or repent.
The only thing you can do is humbly and unworthily accept His gift of GRACE by faith. So today…come to God on His terms. He puts it this way:
“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of GRACE, so that we may receive mercy and find GRACE to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16