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The Wow Factor of God's Grace

Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.  John 1:16 NIV

“Wow” quickly became our grandson’s favorite word whenever we played together.

It started with seeing Christmas lights and then encompassed all kinds of wonders in his world. Beginning to discover things around him caused him to explode in joy.

We never tire of hearing him exclaim “Wow!” when we love on him or introduce him to the beauty of objects around us, including seashells, pinecones, and snowballs. Even the realization that he can do certain things on his own leads him to use this word.

In the same way, we should never tire of marveling about God’s grace in our lives. Grace means He covered up all our sins with the blood of Jesus, even though we never merited this. Jesus made it possible for us to have a right relationship with God as His adopted children no matter what we have done (or will do). All He asks is for our love and worship. He never tires of us saying “Wow” as we gain insight into the beauty of His grace.

Often, we think we must perform good deeds or do something to earn God’s approval. Not so. Our adoption did not depend on our being good enough, smart enough, creative enough, or even humble enough. Instead, it was offered to us on one condition: that we stop trying to earn it and instead accept it as a gift.

As God’s children, we may be tempted to think we have sinned so badly that God could never forgive us. Even our regrets are not good enough to earn God’s grace. That’s what makes it so amazing. We simply must give up the idea that we can do anything good enough to gain it.

Are you filled with awe at the God who sent His Son to die for your sins? If so, pause and praise Him. You can start by saying, “Wow!”

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Marcellus George

Marcellus George is an author and a professor of theology. He and his wife are thankful for their adopted twin sons. He enjoys writing and reflecting on all the things God has done for us in adopting us. You can connect with him on his website, "Lessons From the Adoptive Journey," at https://marcellusgeorge.com.