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Devotional - week of April 10, 2005


MEDITATING ON GRACE

So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.  Acts 20:32

The people that Paul was “commending to God and to the word of His grace” were the leaders of the church at Ephesus. He was telling them that he would entrust them into the hands of God and the word of His grace. He also was encouraging them to continue to trust God and His grace.

Their looking to God and the word of his grace was an urgent matter in the mind of Paul. In verse 29, just three verses earlier, Paul had warned them of a coming danger to the church. He said:

“For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.”

Paul, however, had other reasons in mind for commending the leaders of the church of Ephesus to the word of His grace.

He informs them that the word of God’s grace would build them up. Consider the following definition of God’s grace.

The grace of God is everything God is, moving freely toward you to meet your every need.

By his statement that the message of God’s grace would build them up, he must mean that meditating on the message of God’s continual gift of Himself to them would make them strong. They would grow in their faith in God and their availability to God.

Paul then adds that there will be an eternal blessing for them as they meditate on grace. They will be given “an inheritance among all of those who are sanctified.” The sanctified are those who are continuing in their availability to God.

The implication is that those who meditate on the grace of God will be sanctified. Meditating on the grace of God makes it easier to make our lives available to Him.

Meditating on the grace of God is a continual encouragement to all believers to receive God’s grace.