What is the role of God’s grace? God’s common grace extends to all people. As Jesus said, God “makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” You may have noticed how beautiful the weather has been the last couple weeks. It has been sunny and quite pleasant. That is by God’s common grace. God doesn’t place the good weather over the Christian homes and whip up a good Nor’easter where the non-Christians live. God’s common grace is for all people.
God’s special grace, as some call it, is that which now pertains to those who belong to Christ. It pertains to all members of the body of Christ. Yet, it reaches out and draws non-Christians into the body, thereby making them recipients and instruments of that special grace. In fact, grace is so important that I dare say that being a Christian is 100% about your confidence in the grace of God.
You and I can’t make that kind of grace happen, no matter how hard we try or how good we are. As C.H. Spurgeon once said, “Grace is exercised according to the will of God and not according to the will of man.” The exercise of that grace has profound implications for the Christian life. A Biblical understanding of that grace can radically alter the way you think and act. It arrests your fears, allays your guilt, squashes your pride and sends you running to, not away from, God. It causes you to cling to Jesus. There’s only one way to be struck by grace like that. And that will be the focus of this week’s message from Acts.
Will you pray about and ask a friend to join you in church on Sunday or to one of our upcoming Christian formation classes? This is our last week of summer (9 AM) worship. Come for grace!