Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Grace We Need

While introducing Christ to us, the Apostle John makes this statement:

"For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace."

"Grace upon grace."  Grace after grace.  Grace in place of grace.  A never-ending supply of relentless, fierce, unstoppable grace.

For all who come to Jesus: an infinite and eternal store of grace.  The amount is never lessened by our sin, the fund never runs low, the inventory is never diminished—no matter how much we take.

When one grace has been bestowed, another is ready to be sent; the provision is never-ending.

And the variety of kinds is as inexhaustible as our need.  

William Barclay: "We need one grace in the days of prosperity and another in the days of adversity.  We need one grace in the sunlit days of youth and another when the shadows of age begin to lengthen.  The church needs one grace in the days of persecution and another when the days of acceptance have come.  We need one grace when we feel that we are on the top of things and another when we are depressed and discouraged and near to despair."

Be greedy and needy for grace.  Don't settle in and get complacent on a comfortable little plateau.  Seek yet more grace.  Jesus Christ has much more to give.

But this grace isn't just for us to enjoy.  It's also for us to give away.

Freely received, freely given.  Flowing in, flowing out.

From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

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