No matter where a person lives, no matter how old a person can be, and no matter what he does for a living, most everyone believes in an eternal life after death. Everyone believes that there is a consequence for every action that any human being does and what he gets out of it is truly what he deserves.
Grace, on the other hand, is the complete opposite of condemnation. Many people refer to grace as if it is an all-knowing object that can magically save someone from all their problems. To put it simply, grace is about receiving everything one does not deserve from a holy and loving God. The gift of grace is God’s unmerited love for everyone in providing salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ. (John 3:16)
The world humanity lives in today is not the easiest world to live in. The sense of justice is based on how much people one can bribe or how expensive a person is. The worth of a person is based on how many digits he can make every day. In this world, everyone and everything is constantly judged at face value that no one really sees or feels the essence of what really matters in life. Happiness is based on how comfortable one’s life is. Comfort is based on how much money one can spend for their mansions while the rest of the world can just live on the streets. Money, power, and popularity will help someone slap Life in the face.
But even in a world filled with constant evil, God still exists and so does His grace. A common grace gives the world a place to live and breathe with a witness of a Creator seen in nature. (Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”)
Grace is the visible gift from an invisible God. Through grace, one is able to feel the Presence of God that humanity all craves for. Call it a miracle created by the Divine Savior, anyone can attest that it does not happen to everyone. Grace is available to everyone, but faith is the conduit to experience the grace of God. God’s grace draws us to God and enables us to make a choice to accept Him as a personal Savior as we make confession of our sins and needs to Him. (1 John 1:8-9 “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”)
But if one thinks about it, everyone was created the same way. The roots of humanity do not differ whether one is an elite, a commoner, or a slave. This means to say that social hierarchy and the social stratification that created barriers and divided the people was created by man. But even if these problems still persist because of man, one can easily say that God is trying to do something about it.
The higher a bamboo rises, the more it bends. God gifts these people with numerous blessings not because He was biased in His opinions, but because He wants to give the elite an avenue to provide for the poor. This allows them to forge relationships with each other that do not depend on any material object, but rather this friendship was forged through God. God gives grace to some so that they can become a grace to others.
This does not only apply to the social hierarchy of wealth but also in intangible things. God made a person to experience love so that he can learn to love others in return. God made a person feel acceptance so that he will learn to accept others. A person’s presence in another’s life can already impact another person. This impact is caused directly or indirectly by grace.
With this, one can say that grace is not something one is only born with but something that is continuously given to someone by other people from the Creator Himself. Because of this long web of giving and receiving grace, it is astonishing because it is endless. It will never stop even ‘til the end of time.
If anyone claims that they did not receive grace, then they were not able to fully appreciate all the things that were given to them. Amazing grace is a universal gift that everyone receives despite the constant evils in this world.
A small act of grace and love can form a ripple that will never end. And that is truly amazing.