One thing about Grace….Grace will find you first.
You see with work – we find work don’t we? “Hey where’re you going? I’m off to find work.” But see with Grace it will find you first.
Ask the prodigal son – grace found him in a pigpen and led him home. Ask Joseph what he found in a pit that his brothers imprisoned him in – he’ll tell you that he landed on grace. Ask the Samaritan woman where she found grace and she’ll tell you she found it at a well when she wasn’t even looking.
Let me tell you – it’s rough out there to find work – it’s a dog eat dog world, but grace will find you no matter where you are. Grace will find you first and it’ll change your life.
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people
Grace finds your first because grace is God’s nature. It’s the thing God does the best. God gives, God loves, God blesses, God forgives – He does all these things because that is his makeup.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change
God’s nature is grace. He is a gracious God. He is a grace giving God; and His grace brings salvation for all people
And the Bible says that His grace has appeared in the person of Jesus. The nature of God is that He wants all men to be saved in Jesus.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish….”
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
John 1:29 “Behold, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
But see the problem with our world, is that they don’t even know they’re in need of grace because they don’t even know that they’re lost. The world is afraid of the ozone layer, the environment, the rain forests, the Earth’s orbit, over population and a whole myriad of things, but they don’t even know they are already perishing. Most people don’t know they are headed towards something far worse – separation from God.
You were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.
The Bible says most people are dead and they don’t even know it.
And here’s the thing – dead people can’t save themselves.
Dead people need grace to find them first.
So what does God do?
He sent Jesus to save us.
Jesus raised the widow’s son and Lazarus and today
God continues to raise the dead.
and Grace will always find you first….