It is to grace we owe our faith, can reach out in belief towards God, find salvation for our souls, and have a guaranteed inheritance amongst the saints. "And having been encouraged, the brothers wrote to the disciples to welcome him; who, having arrived, helped much those who were believing through grace. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. For by grace you are saved, through faith, and this not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. (Act 18:27, Acts 20:32, Eph 2:8)
Further more apart from grace we would have no standing before God, would be totally unacceptable in His sight, without hope; have no certain consolation in life, and would forever remain in an unredeemed state. The Bible states; "I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given [us] everlasting consolation and good hope through grace. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. But may our Lord Himself, Jesus Christ, and our God and Father, the One having loved us and having given everlasting comfort and good hope by grace. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved."(1Peter 5:12, 2Th 2:16, Eph 1:7, 2Th 2:16, Eph 1:6)
Grace also has it's practical side in our lives. It is grace that empowers us to: Be What We Are - (1Cor 15:10) Be Strengthened In the Service of God - (Heb 12:28) - Serve God Acceptably - (Heb 12:28 ) - For Obedience to the faith - (Rom 1:5) - Think Soberly and With All Humility - (Rom 12:3) - Build Wisely; (1Co 3:10) - Be Fruitful - (Col 1:6) - Glorify God - (2Cor 4:15) - Avoid Vanities And to Keep From Erring - (1Tim 6:21) - Be Victorious Over Sin - (Rom 5:20) And To Remain Faithful Until the Lord's Return (Titus 2:11 - Col 4:6).
BUT WITH SUCH PRIVILEGE COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY.Now there's a paradox. How can Responsibility and Grace co-exist? I've heard it time and again, those who say they are Believers, yet they use grace as a kind-of lupoll that grants them a licence to continue practicing their sin. But as Aries to grace we are commanded not to treat the grace of the Lord lightly. (2Corinthians 6:1) "We then, [as] workers together [with him], beseech [you] also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain."
God's Word tells us we are to take this gift of God and grow in it. You might compare the "measure of grace" given to us from God to the Talents that were given to the servants by their master. One day when our Lord returns we will give an account before Him as to what we did with the measure of grace that was given to us. Did we invest it in others; did we keep it for ourselves; or did we think so little of it that we went and "buried it in the ground." The Scripture make it very clear that we are not to abuse the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 3:8). The free gift of grace cost God every He had, yet it only cost us our pride.
"For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich....But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. (2Corinthians 8:9, James 4:6)
Even though God gives us GRACE UPON GRACE for what ever comes our way we can never out grow our need for it. Let us heed the spiritual advice of our faithful brethren who have gone on before us and have said, "I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand....Be careful not to fall from grace - looking after [one another] lest anyone [be] falling short of the grace of God, lest any root of bitterness growing up shall be causing trouble, and through this many be defiled." (1Peter 5:12, Heb 12:15)
I have only touched on the surface of grace. There is much more that could be said. I trust that this devotional has wet your appetite to look further into the Scriptures concerning this "grace wherein you stand." May the Lord Himself receive all the glory, honor and praise as His grace is made manifested in your life.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. (2Ti 2:1)
THINK ON THESE THINGS - ACT ON THESE THINGS