“Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” Acts 20:32
God’s grace is personal. God speaks to our hearts and lets us know we are loved, accepted, and that we belong to him. He does that through his living, inner word within us, and through his written Word. Grace is more than a theological term; it is a personal word that lets us know we belong; it is that undeserved favor and mercy from God which motivates us to pursue holiness, to say “no” to sin, and to resist temptation. We cooperate with God’s sanctifying presence in our lives through responding to the word of his grace. This word of grace communicated by God’s Spirit builds us up because we see ourselves through the loving eyes of God. Our value and worth come from him and from knowing his love for us. Paul entrusted the Ephesian Church to this inner living word, and the outer written Word of God’s grace to build them up, sanctify, and disciple them. The Church belongs to Jesus Christ, not to Paul or any other leader. We can trust Gods’ Spirit to continue his work in our lives until we receive our full inheritance in glory.
“Lord Jesus, thank you for your word of grace to me, for your Spirit and for the Bible which remind me that I belong to you.”