by Arch Hoercher
Remember that grace is all-abundant, all-sufficient, exceeding, glorious, great, manifold, sovereign and eternal. It is poured out upon us continually, not in cup full’s but in bucket full’s. Grace is there to give us everything and all that we will ever need in our Christian walk or in our “race to the prize”. It is always a free gift from God and Jesus Christ. Ephesians 4:11-12: “It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” Notice that the scripture says that it was He who “gave”. If it is given it is a free gift, and if it is a free gift it is grace. On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was given. It too is a gift of grace. The Fruit of the Spirit is also a gift. All of these gifts are for the Christian to use in “works of service”. Romans 12:6-8: We have different gifts, according to the GRACE given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadship, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”
What do we do with the grace we have been given? We share it. Hebrews 12:15 (NIV) says: “See to it that no one misses the grace of God.” How is the unsaved to know what grace is if they do not see it in our lives. The unsaved should not have the impression that a Christian is quick to judge and condemn. The Christian should be quick to love and forgive. God has commanded, it is not a suggestion, to love each other and to love our enemies and to pray for our enemies and those that persecute us. It says nowhere that we should judge and condemn. It is not our job, condemnation and judgement is God’s job. The Apostle Paul responds to a report of incest in the Corinthian church, 1 Corinthians 5: 12-13 (NIV) says: “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside.” Our job is to live out grace. We should share what grace that has been given to us with others. We should see to it that no one misses out on the grace of God by letting them see it in action in our lives.
There is a southern gospel song performed by the Mark Trammell Quartet that goes something like this: “Your talk talks and your walk talks, but your walk talks much louder than your talk talks.” How we walk and how those around us see us behave and go about our lives speaks much louder and has much more influence on other people’s lives than does what we say. Other people should see grace acted out in our lives. The only Jesus that many people will ever see is what they see in the Christian. Max Lucado in his book “Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine” writes “To accept grace is to accept the vow to give it.” It is a statement that I am sure Jesus Christ would agree with.
I will close with this thought. Share the life worth living, but you must live the live worth sharing. We should live lives of grace so when people say to us, “I want some of that”. We can point them to Jesus.