The Grace of God Today, we will talk about the grace of God. Grace is unmerited favor. Wenever deserve grace. For example, we believe that we are saved by grace when webelieve in God. We are saved because of what God did, not because of what we did.We receive the Holy Spirit by grace—we don’t do anything to earn the Holy Spirit.
1.God has a special grace for each person
You each have a grace that God has given you. He has plans for you and onlyyou. He knew you from eternity and intends good for you. He has good plans foryour life, to use you as His servant and as a blessing to others. Moreover, Godenables us to fulfill what He has called us to: this is the grace of God. The Apostle Paul’s life clearly shows the grace of God.
For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. I was advancing in Judaismbeyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace,was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles,I did not consult any man,
God had a plan for Paul’s life, even though it seemed unlikely at first. Eventhough Paul sought to destroy the Christian church, God’s grace intervened. Pauldeserved punishment, but God had mercy on him and instead used him to build Hischurch throughout the Roman world.
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I set you apart;I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
2.We are responsible to make the most of God’s grace
The circumstances of our lives are not fair, but God judges us fairly. He judgesus according to the grace He has given us—our background, our surroundings, theresources we grew up with, our opportunities to learn about Him and obey Him, etc.
"That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not dowhat his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. Fromeveryone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the onewho has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”