Grace upon Grace

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth… From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
John 1:14, 16 (NRSV)

Have you ever received a gift from someone that made you feel like the most blessed person in the world? Have you ever received a gift from someone that made you say to yourself, “If I never receive another thing, I’ll be just fine?” Have you ever received a gift that you absolutely positively know that you absolutely positively did not deserve? That’s what grace feels like. 

It feels like receiving a winning ticket from someone with no strings attached for a lottery of an obscene amount of money and then when you go to collect your prize you learned that they decided to increase your winnings to the point where you would never be able to spend or give away all the money on this side of eternity. 

Grace is not something we can truly fathom with the human mind, especially when that grace covers our sin, our imperfections, and the reality of our humanity. Yet, God has showered us with endless grace. What shall we do with this gift? What will we do differently today than yesterday because of this grace? How should we respond to grace upon grace upon grace upon grace…

Prompt for Thought: What does grace feel like for you? Describe it. Write your testimony of grace. Share it with at least one other person who needs some encouragement. 

Prayer for the Journey: Dear God, thank you for the incomprehensible luxuriousness of your endless grace. Words can never describe your grace, and we can never thank you enough for your grace, but we will continue to try. Thank you for sending your Son – our Hero, Savior, and Lord. Thank you for always wrapping us in the indescribable experience of your grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.