As we continue praying this week for the gala it is important to understand grace, Gods grace. The word grace comes from the greek word ‘charis’ which translated means “favour, kindness, or blessing”. We can all show grace to one another but when we talk about the grace of God we talk about the undeserving abundant blessings, forgiveness and kindness God gives us.
The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God. So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’” From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us. – John 1:9-18
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
In John we see that God came to those who believed in him to show grace, it actually says “grace upon grace” there is no limit to His grace, but it’s funny how many times in life we think “we aren’t worthy” or “why would God waste his time showing us grace when there are more pressing world issues?” we categorize events and think God blesses the more important issues, and we forget to pray for our own. God does not keep a list, He does not show more grace in some situations than in others, He pours out His grace to all his children who call him Father.
Going forward I want to encourage everyone to take this time and reflect on how powerful Gods grace is. For the grace of God to shine through the vision of LIFT Church at the Gala and for those attending to catch a glimpse of what is means to live in His grace. I want you to take a moment to pray for ‘charis’ towards the Gala that Gods favour will pour out abundantly upon LIFT Church, as we continue to grow the Kingdom of God.