Moving from persecutor to redeeming grace in three powerful words:
by God’s Will
I have been reading and studying the book of Ephesians for several weeks, and God has parked my heart in three words:
“By God’s will”
Stick me with, and I will tell you why.
“By God’s will,” penned by the Apostle Paul in his opening phrase to the church at Ephesus.
Paul, once known as Saul, the persecutor. Saul was a blaspheming, violent man. A murderer who hated Jesus and his church.
Before his encounter with Christ, Saul persecuted Christians.
Before his transformation, moving from persecutor to redeeming grace seemed impossible.
Often it feels the same for us. We feel too far gone, harboring a past that seems beyond the measure of God’s redeeming grace.
So we stay exactly where we are. Maybe not a persecutor of people, but a persecutor of self; denying ourselves God’s redeeming grace.
We fall into one or all of these beliefs:
- Why would God lavish His grace on me?
- I’m beyond radical redemption and saving.
- You have no idea where I have been or what I have done.
- God could never love me enough.
Notice that it was not necessarily anything that Saul, himself did, but God’s will. Nor, was his past an obstacle. Instead, it was an opportunity for us to see no one is too far gone.
I don’t know about you, but I find freedom with the words, “by God’s will.”
What does this truth mean for you and me?
- We do not-cannot earn or work our way into His grace.
- He gives by His will.
Dearest One, when you’ve had a bad day, believing you are beyond His grace, remember it is His will, we only need to repent and accept the gift He has for us.
Wait, there’s more!
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgivnessof our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.” Ephesians 1:7 (CSB)
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