Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift. (2 Corinthians 9:15)
There is no gift greater than God’s grace.
In 2 Corinthians 9 Paul is exhorting and encouraging the people of God to be generous because God is generous. He teaches them to give cheerfully and not begrudgingly nor because of requirement or expectation. The teaching is that God is a good and gracious God and generosity honors him and brings him praise.
I believe one of the greatest dangers for a Christ-follower is to lose one’s appreciation for the grace of God. It is easy to take grace for granted. If we are not careful in how we consider the love and work of Christ, we fail to consider fully and truthfully the grace of God. The value of our forgiveness becomes common place. The cost for our souls is not purposefully belittled, we simply fail to stop and consider the gift we have received. We begin – if we are not careful – to treat that which is indescribable as something much less than it is because we have learned the words that are accurate theologically and we know the truths that are right doctrinally. Those are so important but never allow what you understand theologically and doctrinally to lose its value personally.
This Easter Season I want to encourage you to do a few things to help you celebrate the inexpressible, unfathomable, and immeasurable grace of God given to you in Jesus Christ.
- Meditate on the events and happenings of the Passion of Christ. (Matthew 21-28, Mark 11-16, Luke 19-24, and/or John 12-21) Read it and consider that it happened. Try to put yourself there. Watch The Passion of the Christ to help you consider fully what grace cost. Your salvation is a free gift to you because a high price was paid for you.
- Share your story of grace with someone who does not know the grace of God. Tell someone else the story of when and how you came to know Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Tell them about how you learned about grace and forgiveness. Tell them there is no greater gift than the grace of God and I want to share the greatest gift I have ever received with you. FCers, use your chess piece and have a conversation about how you met the King.
- Bring someone (or many some ones) to church with you this weekend.
80% of people who do not attend church regularly say they would go to church if someone invited them – especially for a holiday. Go to church with them. If your church has multiple services work it out where you will be in worship service with the people you bring. If you have people coming to multiple services (because you are truly BEING A BRINGER) then go to service with the person you think will feel most awkward without you – or attend worship multiple times. This will give you the opportunity to discuss what is taught with them later.
- Spend some time with your family focusing on Jesus and not candy or eggs. I am not bashing eggs or killing bunnies here, but let’s be honest, they have nothing to do with Jesus or his death and resurrection. They can, though. Eggs can be used to tell the story of salvation. (https://www.amazon.com/Resurrection-Eggs-12-Piece-Religious-Figurines/dp/1602003920) Honestly, I am not sure how to redeem the bunny myth, but make sure that you are focused on truth with your kids. Specifically ask these questions and have these conversations. – Do you know why Jesus needed to die for us? Because we are sinners. – Do you know why Jesus would die for us? He loves us. – Where is Jesus now? Reigning on His throne in Heaven at the right hand of God.
The gift of God’s grace is indescribable.
His love is immeasurable.
His glory is unfathomable.
So share it, shine it, and spread the great hope that our Savior lives!