Favor Beyond Measure
Listen to these words found in Ephesians 1:7-8.
“To the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.”.
God has “lavished” His grace upon us in the Beloved. To lavish something is to give it out to the point of excess. It is to be extravagant in the use of it.
And according to the dictionary, a person who is extravagant lacks restraint in the use of his resources. The way he uses his resources exceeds what is reasonable. His actions may appear even absurd.
Now, let’s be honest, it’s “absurd” the way God dishes out grace to sinners. I mean, He lacks no restraint. He just pours it out on us, continually, freely, daily, non-stop. And He releases so much more than we could ever use in our lifetime that someone would be justified in accusing Him of being wasteful with His grace.
But that’s the way He is! That’s the kind of God we serve. Like it or not, He will lavish you with far more love and favor than you deserve, and in time of need, always supply you with far more help than you could ever use.
Now, observe a very important point. This extravagant grace is not lavished upon us because of who we are or what we’ve done. Rather, it is because of where we are–in the Beloved. Extravagant grace–that is, favor beyond measure, is the portion of all those who are in Christ!
Can humans live on earth and not be immersed in air? Can fish swim in the ocean and not be immersed in water? Can a person be in Jesus and not be immersed in extravagant grace? Never!
So, here is the good news. If you are in Jesus, you are swimming in grace. If you are in Him, you are living in an ocean of undeserved love and blessing. If you are in Him, you possess favor without measure.
Make sure to remind the enemy of this the next time he shows up to tell you that you won’t make it!