What joy we have to be a part of the body of Christ! I can’t help but sense Paul’s excitement as he writes to the church in Ephesus. And to think that Paul enthusiastically wrote the book of Ephesians as a prisoner in Rome just adds to the truth that God’s grace and mercy outweigh any trouble that we can face in this world. That was Paul’s point in writing this letter; it was an encouragement to the church to recognize the richness of God’s mercy that has been freely given through the redemption of His son! Over and over, Paul refers to the richness of God’s grace and mercy, which can almost sound like a promise of wealth if read incorrectly. There really isn’t a way to comprehend or measure God’s grace and mercy, but we know how not to measure it. From Paul’s insights, we know what God’s grace and mercy means for us as Christians, which should shape the way we view every aspect of our life – including our financial matters. Don’t measure this way… Our works are never a way for us to measure God’s grace on our lives. Salvation through grace is not a conditional agreement that hinges on our ‘good works.’ If that were the case, we’d be in trouble. Paul makes this clear in Ephesians 2:8 when he says “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” The Richness of God’s Mercy and Grace in Action Paul opens his letter with three strong points that help us to see the purpose and hope that we have through God’s immeasurable mercy. We have a greater hope Ephesians 1:18-19a I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. The ultimate act of kindness was shown when God purchased our freedom through Christ’s sacrifice . As heirs of God’s kingdom (James 2:5), our inheritance isn’t measured in worldly wealth but with eternal life. Because of God’s mercy, we have a hope that is stronger than anything else we can find here on earth. We have freedom from past ways Ephesians 2:1-2a “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world” One of the best ways to see God’s grace on our lives is to look back to see where God has taken us from. I believe that as we grow in the wisdom of God’s Word, we can take those experiences and use them to encourage others who may be going through similar situations. We are being crafted for his glory Ephesians 2:22 “And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” I love how Paul uses the continual tense in the phrase “are being” in this verse. How important it is to realize that everyday is another day in the workshop with God as he continues to shape us for his glory. It’s an ongoing process that just shows the immeasurable reach of God’s mercy on our lives. As you grow in wisdom and knowledge of how to become a better steward of your money , time and possessions, always remember that it is because of the richness of God’s grace and mercy that we have the opportunity to steward those resources. Aren’t you glad we can share the hope of God’s grace with others! Related Articles: 4 Things the Apostle Paul Teaches Us About Money Financial Freedom Using God’s Plan Tithing in the new testament 10 Things Rich Christians Must Do With Their Money Where are you fixing your hope? How to Give God’s Way Faith and Fear Tim is a personal finance writer at Faith and Finance a Christian financial help blog that provides financial insights for individuals, businesses, and churches. Outside of finance, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife, playing the saxophone, reading economics books, and a good game of RISK or Catan. Find him on Twitter and Facebook . As a thank you for subscribing to our newsletter you can download our quick eBook ” 25 Ways To Save Money in 2011 ” for FREE! The articles on this site are for entertainment purposes and should not be taken as financial advice. Please contact a financial professional for specific advice regarding your situation. Also, many of the CPF articles help us pay the bills by using affiliate relationships with Amazon, Google, eBay and others. Find out more here .
Originally posted here:
Measuring the Richness of God’s Mercy and Grace