Free by God's Grace
God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
And now I entrust you to God and the message of His grace that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those he had set apart for himself. (Acts 20:32)
God's grace seems complex, but once the value of the word is understood it can profoundly change your life.
Early Christianity and Grace
During the infancy stage of Christianity, when the Book of Acts was written, grace was a fairly new concept.
It allowed for a transition from the legalism of Mosaic Law. One Greek translation of grace, charis, means, a power coming from the spirit of Jesus active in a Christian.
We can also consider grace to be the manifestation of God's liberal gift of love, sustenance, and intimacy shown through the unfolding of the life of Christ.
The Apostle Paul was posed with questions about this new lifestyle shift.
In some ways, transitioning to a grace mentality caused a crisis amongst practicing Jews and the newly accepted Gentiles.
God's Promise of Freedom
We are promised rich, abundant lives (John 10:10). When we believe in Christ, we are automatically freed by God's grace.
There is absolutely nothing that we can do to merit the gift of grace through salvation. If we willingly accept grace, we come to understand the unending extent to which we are treasured by God.
We are God's masterpiece.
When you consider the word masterpiece, who comes to mind? da Vinci, Picasso?
Both of these artists created works that were set apart from the rest. They set higher standards than what was typically deemed as exemplary works of art during their respective time periods.
The Renaissance would not have been the Renaissance without contributions from Leonardo da Vinci, just as the world of abstract art would not be considered such without the likes of Pablo Picasso.
We can also consider art masterpieces or masterfully arranged musical scores to be sacred, breathtaking, mesmerizing.
Now consider yourself as God's masterpiece.
You take His breath away - even though He created you. You mesmerize Him when you decide to invite Him into your heart.
Your bond with Christ is sacred.
By accepting the gift of grace, we learn to fully trust and rely on God. In doing so, we are reconstructed from within and led to live according to our divine purpose.
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