But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved- and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. – Ephesians 2: 4-8
I grew up in a home where I had been taught since I was very young that Jesus died to save me. I was taught that the Lord loved me so much that He left his glory in Heaven, came down as a man, only to suffer a gruesome death for humanity at large, and for me personally. From that moment, I began to love Jesus. No one else has ever done that for me, I thought. It was such a beautiful gesture and I was appreciative of it. However, I did not understand back then what grace was all about it much less that it was a gift of God. With many more years of walking with Jesus under my belt, each day He teaches me more and more about His grace. Today, I appreciate His gift to me a lot more than I did as a child, teenager or even later as a young woman in my early twenties. Today, thinking of His gift always brings me tears of joy especially when I’m in my private time of prayer with Him.
What Paul tries to convey to us in our scripture verse is that God is a god of mercy and love. Despite all the terrible things you may have done in your life, the sins you may have given into or entertained, God saved you. In that state, you were dead- dead in trespasses. Though you were physically alive, spiritually you were dead walking with no to little knowledge of the God who loved you. But because of His incredible and unconditional love, when God raised Jesus on the third day, He also raised you back to life. He reconciled you to Himself. On that day, He offered you a gift like a father brings a beautifully wrapped gift to you when you’ve done nothing to deserve it or did not ask for it. And just like that, unexpectedly, He offered you the gift of grace and salvation.
As the Father, God holds a beautiful gift in His hands. He extends the gift to you and asks, would you accept this gift? This gift is my Son Jesus. If you believe in my Son Jesus, you are already saved and will receive eternal life.
What an amazing gift! All He asks you to do is receive the gift He’s giving you, receive His Son into your heart. Don’t look at yourself or your imperfections to decide whether you should accept this gift. He already told you all that you need to know to accept it or reject it. He says it’s a gift of love and He gave his most prized possession as a ransom for you. You see the enemy had captured you and required a ransom for your life. The only ransom or sacrifice that could do was the life of Jesus and He gave it without second-guessing Himself.
Friend, if Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart today, don’t wait until you’ve got yourself all figured out before you let Him in. You might just wait forever because the day you have yourself altogether may never come. You will always find something in your life that is not quite right and you need to fix. But rather, let Him in. He wants to embrace you in His loving arms, to hold you with His nailed-pierced hands, and hear you say Yes Lord, I believe. Invite Him into your heart today. You have already been saved by grace. Now in faith, receive and accept His gift. He’s been longing for you.
Dear God, thank you so much for the love you have for me. Today, I choose to accept your unconditional love and welcome you into my heart. I thank you for your gift of grace and your unmerited favor. Father, please lavish your love on me and help me to live a life worthy of the sacrifice you made for me so that when you come you will say well done, good and faithful servant. Father, I thank you once more and I love you for who you are and for all you have done for me.