Where has the grace of God to serve gone? Why have we so quickly misplaced, or failed to receive, the free gift of the grace of God he has for us? The church today is not seeing the miracles, healings, and spiritual gifts God has for us because we have limited the grace of God to only salvation. The following verse tells us of the early church that … great grace was upon them all;
Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
How often have you read the epistles and mistakenly considered that the request for grace to the church at the start of the epistles contained a mere greeting? Consider Romans 1:7, I Corinthians 1:3-8, II Corinthians 1:2, Galatians 1:3, Ephesians 1:2, Philippians 1:2, Colossians 1:2, I Thessalonians 1:1, II Thessalonians 1:2, I Timothy 1:2, II Timothy 1:2, Titus 1:4, Philemon 1:3, Hebrews 4:16, I Peter 1:2, II Peter 1:2, II John 1:3, and Revelation 1:4. In each of these the Apostles seek for grace to be given to each recipient of the epistle. An almost equal list can be found at the end of each of these epistles seeking grace be upon them. These epistles are written to churches or individuals who have walked with God, and are not calls to salvation. It is true that grace came by Jesus;
John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
But where in this scripture does it limit the gift of grace to only reconciling us to the Father? In fact the Word says of Jesus as a child;
Luke 1:80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
Jesus had no need of salvation, but the Word says the grace of God was upon him! There is grace for all spiritual needs, if we will seek him for it. Let us take an opportunity to look at the gifts of grace in the GRACE TO section.