While doing the study of the book of Galatians over recent weeks I noted that the word, “grace” is mentioned 8 times.
The book opens with Paul affirming, “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,” and closes with the benediction, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.” Obviously, Paul wanted the Galatian Christians to know and experience God’s grace. The other references to grace amplify what Paul wanted them and us to understand about the dynamic, danger, delight and discipline associated with grace.
Clearly the dynamic of grace is that without it operating in our lives we are separated from God and without hope. It is essential to becoming a Christian. Then it is essential in growing into maturity as a Christian. If you sense God calling you to Himself – that is grace. It is God doing for you and to you what you can’t do on your own.
If you become aware of what you inherit as a child of God – that is grace. It is God showing you what you received in spite of the fact you didn’t deserve it.
If God gifts you and then uses you to help others understand and experience the Christian life – that is grace.
Without being gifted by God, guided by God, anointed by God and enabled by God your efforts would only be spiritual exercises. But when He by grace equips you, things happen and lives are changed. It’s also by God’s grace that opportunities are opened and people are brought to you so you could minister to them.
All of this is the dynamic of God’s grace.