What’s the one thing that the church has to offer that the world cannot get anywhere else? GRACE

There is no where else the people of the world can go to find grace. We do not live in a grace-filled world. In this world you get what you pay for. You reap what you sow. To all of us who are products of this way of thinking, it clearly makes sense. But, can you imagine a love that makes no sense at all? With God’s grace it is exactly that, it doesn’t make sense.

The following is an article written by Karen Kennedy. She is the Director of Publicity and Promotion at Gloria Dei. This is her first time as a guest blogger, so show her some love.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

In most garage sales there is always a table of assorted items. The items usually consist of old, unwanted, and outdated household wares along with old and sometimes tattered clothing. You sort through the myriad of items to find one that you cannot not live without. Of course, your friends disagree of its inherent value by commenting that it is a piece of junk. But you see its worth and proudly take it home.

In many regards, we are similar to the unwanted items at a garage sale. We are tattered, stained, broken, irrelevant, out-of-date, and yet God in his grace and mercy reached out and rescued us from all the  worldly elements to usher us into a new home.

It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah. Ephesians 2:1-6 (Message Bible)

It is by grace, through faith, that we have been saved. Our salvation cannot be earned. It is undeserved, yet graciously bestowed on us. God loves us so much that he sent his only Son to die on the cross for tattered and worn-out people—you and me. We are all sinners, we are all broken and yet we have a Savior who is larger than our old nature and our sin.

It is important for everyone to explore this foundational truth of grace. To know that God loves what is considered unlovable or has no value. It is a sweet, amazing grace, a grace that no one deserves but can be fully embraced and enjoyed.

Have you ever loved anything that was considered by most to be unlovable? Why did you choose to love it despite what people said? What does God’s amazing grace mean to you?

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