Grace and Faith

 

Read: Ephesians 2:1-10      

Do you know Grace and Faith?  Perhaps they are the sisters that live down the road from you or names that you remember from school or college.  But more importantly do you know the grace and faith that Paul talks about in Ephesians 2?  He proclaims, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God…”

There are many things that we would like to be saved from in this world. Some people search for a lifetime trying to find restoration, deliverance, and hope in life.  God offers this saving grace to all who will call on Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Paul reminds us that it is not through our works that we are saved but through the grace of Jesus.

God’s grace is truly what the world needs in order to be saved.  It is what we need to accept as his gift to us. Too many people continue to live in guilt and shame when Jesus offers them a way to be free from those things.  Corrie Ten Boom once shared a story about this grace of Jesus and Billy Graham later shared that story in his book “How to be Born Again.”

A little girl broke one of her mother’s very expensive cups one time that had a lot of sentimental value to her.  The girl went crying to her mother telling her she was sorry.  The mother said, “I know you’re sorry, and I forgive you. Now don’t cry anymore.”

The mother swept up the pieces and placed them in the trash can.  Still feeling guilty the little girl tried to pull all of the pieces out of the trash and glue them back together again.  Her mother saw what she was doing and said, “Take those pieces and put them back in the trash can and leave them there.  I told you that I forgave you and I meant it.  Don’t continue to pick up the broken pieces anymore.”

That story leads to the other sister that Paul is talking about.  Faith.  We have to have faith that Jesus has forgiven us.  It is a gift from God in which we place our faith and trust in his saving grace. When we repent of our sins and mistakes Jesus extends to us his grace. In other words, we leave the broken pieces in the trash.  We don’t try to earn his grace or pay for his grace because it is a gift.  What broken pieces do you need to leave in the trash?

Make it Personal:  Have you received this gift of grace from Jesus?  Do you have faith that his saving grace can and will move you past your shame and guilt?  Today is the day to truly make this gift personal!  Grace and Faith in Jesus can bring you Life and Hope!

Have a great week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church