The Upper Room devotional reflection for Tuesday, October 11, 2022, comes to us from Øyvind Aske of Østfold, Norway.
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
A NEW ADDRESS
While on a trip to Lisbon years ago, my wife and I learned a friend at home had passed away. To remember her, we found a nearby church where we could sit and pray. Located at the top of a steep hill, the sanctuary’s name was Igreja da Graca – Church of Grace. As we left the building we noticed an airplane overhead, so my wife checked an app on her cellphone to see where the plane was coming from and where it was going. A blue circle on the display also told us where we were as it tracked the plane. According to the phone, our location was “Grace.” I experienced this as a personal message from the Lord; Our new address is “grace.” I must admit that I very often take the grace of God for granted. But the reality is that the grace of God is given to us freely by the death and resurrection of Jesus. As Paul writes in Ephesians 2:12, before Jesus we had “no hope” and were “without God in the world.” Now we have new life in Jesus Christ.
One of the reasons I appreciate being a Methodists is our theology of grace. Methodists recognize God’s pre-existing grace, extended to us from the time we are born, guiding us toward transformational relationship with God. Øyvind’s reflection reminds us of the gift of God’s grace that is always available to us. May you find moments to experience the grace of God today.
Dear Lord, thank you for Christ’s sacrifice and the gift of grace. Help us to embrace this blessing and offer it to others. Amen
-- Øyvind Aske
Thought for the day:
As a child of God, I have a home in God’s grace.