(We’d sung the song by Matt Redman, Your Grace Finds Me, as a congregation many times, but one Sunday last summer, the words in the refrain impacted me differently.
Your grace finds me;
Yes, Your grace finds me!
Since that Sunday, I keep being reminded of ways God’s grace has found me in the past, finds me in the present, and I’m assured, will continue to find me in the future.)
What is Grace and Why does Grace Matter?
I think a lot, and I ask a lot of questions. My thoughts and questions fuel the Listening on YOUR Journey blogs that I post each Monday and Thursday.
If you’re a regular reader, you’ve probably figured out I’ve been thinking a lot about grace lately. I’ve spent my life hanging around the faith community. Grace is a word you often hear in church—probably because it’s a word used in the Bible more than 150 times.
There’s an interesting term—semantic drift—which speaks to the evolution of a word. The meaning of a word is often altered through years of usage. Semantic changes occur as cultural, historical or political trends change. I question, ‘Has the meaning and relevance of grace changed from biblical times?’
As I’ve thought about the different ways I believe sincerely I’ve experienced being found by grace that comes from God, I ask:
What is grace? and,
Why does grace matter?
Merriman-Webster.com helped me out with three distinct definitions for grace.
- Unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification. A virtue coming from God.
- Approval, favor, mercy, pardon, a special favor, privilege, reprieve.
- A charming or attractive trait or characteristic.
As a result of all my thinking, questioning and exploring, I’ve concluded:
- Grace is a good gift given to me by a good God for my salvation and benefit.
- God is pleased when I accept the good gift of grace. Divine grace finds me at the point of my need. Grace gives me what I could never achieve through my own efforts.
- As I experience and accept the good gift of God’s grace, I will be increasingly grace filled and better able to emulate and extend grace.
Thank you for the good gift of grace and that my salvation is found in this gift because of your grace.
Your grace has found me on so many occasions. As I look back on my life, I wonder: ‘Where would I be if it hadn’t been for God’s grace?’ Please help me to never take grace for granted. As I find more and more of your grace, teach me ways I can show your grace. I have so much to learn, Lord, but I know I can trust you to lead me onto grace-filled paths and teach me grace-filled ways.
May you find God’s grace as you journey on…
For it’s by God’s grace that you have been saved. You receive it through faith. It was not our plan or our effort. It is God’s gift, pure and simple. You didn’t earn it, not one of us did, so don’t go around bragging that you must have done something amazing. Ephesians 2:8-9 (VOICE)