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Would anyone come to me in the past and ask me what Grace is, I would say it’s the name of my white skinned early primary class mate who always wore glasses and wristwatch with pink lips. Or maybe I’d say it’s the name of my late maternal great-grand mother who was blind but could still tell of anything happening around her. Wait a minute; I could say it’s the name of a hospital, a school, a church building… Yes! It’s also the title of most preachers’ sermon and I’ve heard it in songs too. Oh, so many things to just talk about.
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Ask a banker and they’d tell you it’s that period of time given after the due date for loan repayment is gone before legal actions are carried out, they’d still be nice to you then because its “Grace period”… But what a poor grace that expires in just fifteen days. Ask a musician and they’d tell you it’s a note that adds beauty but not necessarily important. Grace makes less sense here.
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But now, it’s a whole lot more different to me. I may not be theologically correct (who needs it here anyway) but Grace is God’s most beautiful idea, the sole answer to the mess of life in its entirety, the power that changes and the power to change embedded and embellished in the life of God himself; a divine all-in-one shake with nothing missing which can be received or rejected. That’s what Grace means to me now.
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I’d have another way to communicate what Grace means to me. It is “DIVINE HEART TRANSPLANT”. God said in Ezekiel 36:26 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you”, this is what he was going to do many years to come, in our own time and of course he did it! So he was saying “I will give you my grace!” That is how I see it and like I said before “…the power to change embedded and embellished in the life of God himself; a divine all-in-one shake…” We give our hearts to Jesus, he reciprocate and give us a brand new heart. Grace is God’s rewiring, he rewires us from the inside out! Starts us up and boom! We are producing.
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God’s grace isn’t mild but wild! It doesn’t want to avoid troubles but chases after us up to the mountains, down the valley right into the sea! Jonah kept running until he ran into the belly of the fish but grace kept chasing after him, it is wild and right on target. Like it or not, grace is chasing after you. Grace found Jonah, Jonah never liked the idea of Grace; he had people he could have destroyed if he was God but thanks goodness he isn’t God nor even an assistant God. Jonah disliked the people of Nineveh so much that when he sensed God’s grace was on the chase for them he declined being the vessel. But Grace took Jonah to them, Grace saved Jonah and saved them too, grace is on the look-out… Grace is the wildest thing ever! Look at how it got hold of Saul of Tarsus; he was on his way to initiating what was to be the biggest annihilation of “Grace-fulls” he didn’t know what he was doing. He was out for people who are saved by Grace but without his knowledge, same Grace was after him, he was captured by it and Saul had a heart transplant and became Paul. No wonder he wrote in Galatians 2:20 “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me”
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Paul knows this better beyond the philosophies and influence of doctrines; he had this personal experience that changed everything for him. He felt the workings of Grace inside of him, he knew Christ moved in and same thing is happening to a lot of people all over the world… Grace, running wild, looking for troubles here and there, ripping off the mess and willing hearts, replacing them with a whole new beautiful heart and life, a life of God himself. Isn’t this what John was communicating in 1 John 4:15 as he wrote “whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God” Did you just see that? Anyone who believes, whether he is black or white, whether he is tall or short… Whoever… No wonder Grace didn’t just save Jonah, it also saved the people of Nineveh. It didn’t just save the 3000 at Peter’s Holy-Spirit sermon; it also saved Saul of Tarsus who was out to stop the work of Grace! Grace is on the move like the wild fox whose tail has been set on fire!
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You may have lived your worst thinking you have exhausted what God banked on you, you may have done a lot of unimaginable things and you think heaven is closed on you, God is angry and frowning at you, life is at odds with you and maybe the only good thing for you is death! I’ve got news. Grace is on the rampage, running after you hoping you’d accept him. He is cracking open your chest and rearranging the debris into God’s divine plan if only you’d let him. God isn’t asking you to change, he is creating the change in you and you just have to allow the work go in progress. Do you expect a facility which is still being worked on to be fully functional? Oh no… Work is in progress and the beauty shows up progressively. God can do wonders with those mess in your life.
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Now let me say.
Jesus is Grace personified! The difference between Grace and Jesus is none! Grace is wild because Jesus is wild. Grace saves because Jesus saves. To be saved by Grace doesn’t mean we claim a salvation by ideology, theology, doctrine, church endorsement, creed or anything else; it is to be saved by Jesus. This same Jesus who with welcoming arms brings into divine union anyone who just affirms to his “come” plea! Jesus isn’t just calling sinners; he is out to them, bringing them home by himself. This is not a religious jargon, a medieval roman theatrical stage drama or some Greek mythology. This is God’s grace working on purpose.
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I am George, a Graced fellow.
#GracefulGeorge

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