Reading the opening chapters of Acts you can sense the growing momentum of the early church. As the body of Christ is birthed . . . as it, through the apostles, bears witness of the resurrection of Christ . . . as it grows in number . . . and as it is formed into a practical, authentic community, you just sense that there was an energy in the midst of these early believers. And at the center of it all . . . sustaining it all . . . was great grace.
Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.
(Acts 4:32-33 ESV)
Whether it’s believing . . . or belonging . . . or giving . . . or serving . . . or preaching with great power . . . it was all fueled by great grace.
God’s favor upon God’s people.
We’ve introduced a new song to our church body over the past few weeks . . . Matt Redman’s “Your Grace Finds Me.” The song concludes with the anthem-like chorus, “So I’m breathing in Your grace . . . And breathing out Your praise . . . I’m breathing in Your grace, Forever!” Isn’t that the response of the fresh realization that when all is said in done, we swim in an ocean of unmerited favor?
Isn’t “great grace” the truth we need to never stray far from . . . whether we think we’re doing pretty good or know we’re messing up? Isn’t that the foundational reality that, when grasped, causes us to set our minds on things above . . . when we realize that whatever our circumstance, whether we think we’re winning or losing, that we know that great grace is upon us . . . that His grace finds us?
As I hover over “great grace” . . . as I meditate on the great grace that hovers over me . . . few words come to mind (or to fingers) . . . instead, there is just a sense of awe and wonder. A desire to reflect and respond with thanksgiving and worship.
If you’ve got a few minutes . . . check out Matt Redman’s “Your Grace Finds Me” by clicking here.
Great grace! Great, great God!