We typically think of Grace (God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense) as that which saves us. We don’t deserve to spend eternity in heaven, but because of grace, God sees Jesus when he looks at us instead of seeing our sin, and welcomes us into his kingdom.
Even the late, great Tom Petty sang about it:
So far, so good.
Yet if our understanding of grace stops there, we sell its beauty short.
Notice instead how Paul describes the operation of grace in his post-conversion life in Ephesians 3:
Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you. (3:2)
I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. (3:7)
Although I am the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. (3:8)
Ah, so grace is much more than that which begins our Christian life.
It is also the special gifting that empowers us to make a difference in the lives of others.
What is the special, continuing grace that God is pouring into you?
When you identify it, know this: it’s not for your own consumption. You are to use it to bring life to other people.
That’s amazing grace indeed.