Make Sure No One Misses Out
“See to it that no one misses the grace of God. And that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” Hebrews 12:15
The word “grace” is used a lot in Christian circles. I am afraid it is used so much that we have at times lost the significance of what it really means for our daily lives. Grace has been defined as “the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.” That definition sounds good but what does it look like in real life?
Grace Provides Salvation - Grace has often been described as God’s riches at Christ’s expense. In other words, Jesus gave His life on the cross as payment for our sins. It is His free and unmerited gift to us. Ephesians 2:8-9 describes it best when it says: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.” I pray that we as Christians would never forget how great a gift that God has given us in salvation through His Son. When I think of the abundant life that I have been given in Christ, I want to make sure that I do all I can to make sure that others hear of His free gift. I want to, as Hebrews 12:15 says above, “see to it that no one misses grace.”
Grace Provides Power for Living - The apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 tells us: “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” I hope you do not miss the treasure found in these two verses. His grace is sufficient for all our needs. According to these verses, when we admit that we are weak and cannot solve the issues we are facing that is when God unleashes His grace and His power on our lives.
I know that to be true in my own life as I have personally experienced God’s grace at my weakest and most desperate moments. Paul mentions some problems we all face in insults, hardships, and persecutions in these verses but also says that he can take pleasure in them because the grace of God is sufficient for meeting all those circumstances. What a promise from God that we need to claim!
Once again, I do not want anyone to miss out on “the grace of God” that can provide real lasting power for living this life. I pray that we would all begin to admit our weaknesses to God and allow Him to be strong on our behalf. When we do not have what it takes, God is telling us that He does!
For those of you who may be discouraged today, I pray that these verses will encourage your soul and remind us all that when we need strength the only place to find it is in the arms of the Lord!