As wonderful as God's grace is in redeeming our past, it is equally powerful in the way it changes our future. No matter how far we strayed before God's grace rescued us from our sin, His plan for our future cannot be thwarted because it is not contingent on our works, but on Christ's. His saving grace entirely transforms us so that we are no longer dead in transgressions but alive in Christ. And because God wants to see us following after Him, living lives full of love and compassion for Him and for others, He will see this through in us by His grace and His Spirit (see Philippians 2:13, Hebrews 13:20-21).
God's grace is for our past, present, and future.
The apostle Paul, a worthy vessel to convey the power of God's grace, wrote: "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:10). All along, God has been forming us in Christ Jesus to receive His love and to express His love to others.
In pondering God's grace for our lives, we must realize that it changes our past, present, and future. He has redeemed us from the bondage of sin, and He has given us a new destiny. When our lives intersect with His grace, He places us on new paths—ones He planned for us to travel all along.
God's grace is for our past, present, and future, and it transforms us, in Christ Jesus, into the people He has intended for us to be from the beginning of time.
Prayer: Lord, help me to walk daily in Your grace, completing the good works You have prepared for me to do. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose" (Philippians 2:13).