One day Ben’s grandmother said she had something for him. “I’ll be leaving soon,” she said, “so I want to give you something precious.” She gave him the key to her attic, where she had stored old relics and other old, second hand objects. Ben was upset at his grandmother for giving him such worthless objects. He felt bad that, while his friends were rich and owned the latest gadgets and fashions, all he had were old vases and ornaments. He put it out of his mind. Years passed and Ben forgot about the attic. One day he remembered it and brought one of the objects to an antique collector. Ben wanted to find out its value. To his surprise, the collector told him that the ornament was a rare and valuable piece. Ben brought the collector to the attic to see the rest of the items. The antique collector was delighted and told Ben that everything in the attic belonged to rare collections that could be sold for millions. Imagine Ben’s surprise!
Like Ben, we have the tendency to look around and feel like we have less compared to others. Worse, we even ignore God’s grace because we don’t know how priceless and abundant it is!
In his letters to the church in Ephesus, the apostle Paul’s favorite word to describe grace was “rich.” Why? In the same way that Ben discovered the true worth of the objects in his attic, we will begin to understand the rich grace of God that surrounds us. This grace is wonderful, great, and unbelievable—and God is giving it to us!
Below are two priceless truths that we can learn from the verses we read:
Because of the riches of God’s grace, we can receive His overflowing love and forgiveness.
“I have loving parents!”
“God provides for me!”
Lord, thank You for sending Jesus Christ so that I can experience freedom and the forgiveness of my sins. I know that You chose me and have blessed me with every spiritual blessing in Christ. May Your grace, which You have given to me freely, make me live according to Your purpose. May You give me the courage to share this gift of grace with those around me, so they can experience it as well. In Jesus’ name, amen.