Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4: 16

 

Grace is a characteristic that is lacking in this world. We are a people that are in a hurry to get on with all of the urgent and important activities and actions of the day, and we have almost no time for hearing the stories that others may need to tell. Yet, in Christ, we all have a hearing for all of our needs. He came to everyone with the grace of God, and He gives that grace absolutely and completely without condition and for all circumstances.

 

When we receive the grace that Christ provides, we are standing in a high and holy place, for we are the recipients of one of the greatest treasures that God, the High King, has stored up in His throne room. When we come to Christ, He seems to lift us up out of the darkness and despair of this world, and He places us at His side in the holy place that is God’s residence. Christ also goes before us to that place, and His righteousness covers all of our sinful shame. Therefore, we can walk confidently into the eternal presence of love, mercy, and grace. Through Christ we are now living in the glorious home of the author of all that is good, and that place is now our dwelling place.

 

As we are now residents of grace; so, we should now be givers of it. Christ grants us the confidence that we need to set aside our personal agendas and our safety nets of rules for living and for interacting with our world. He tells us that we can be people who grant the grace of a moment and the mercy of a thorough hearing to others who are in need. When we do stop the busy course of our day long enough to give a smile or to grant an understanding ear to someone who has been battered and beaten by what life has given, we are experiencing the true splendor of heaven, and we can bring the other person into direct contact with the loving grace and mercy of Christ.