In Ephesians 1:2, Paul tells the believers, “Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” Paul is prophesying a blessing over his fellow believers. He is, in a way, asking God to bless them with grace.
I want you to understand that this grace is not just salvation. It is something more. You see, these people were already saved. They had already received their salvation by grace through faith. They knew what salvation was. Paul was praying for something more.
Grace is favor. It is the love of God shown through gifts or special kindness. When we were saved, we accepted that. What I want you to understand is that it does not stop their. You see, God tells us that He “gives grace to the humble.” When Jesus was maturing, he “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” (Luke 2:52) That word “favor” is the same Greek word for grace. When Jesus matured, the grace that God showed to Him increased. Isn’t that fascinating?
God wants you to have a life full of grace. Just like Jesus increased in it, you can increase in it too. We must live our lives in submission to Him.(James 4:6) We must live in the knowledge of Him.(2 Peter 1:2) We must also accept what He has provided.(Titus 2:11) Those three principles are a recipe for an increase of grace in our lives.
So I challenge you, humble yourself before God, strive to know more about Him through His Word, and pray believing that God wants to bless you. God wants to multiply grace to you. Will you place yourself in a position to accept it?
I hope you do. And I pray that
“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,” – 2 Peter 1:2