“One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” (John 9:25)
Ah, that’s easy. It happened right here in The Library. I was a young man having just begun my journey with Jesus when I was drawn to this place. Once here, I found I never wanted to leave.
But the Lord of the Library taught me that I am to live by these words, not in them; they are to live in me, changing me from the inside out. But that was not what you asked me. You want to know how it was I first began to see the light of this great truth about God’s grace.
Come with me over here and I will show you the Book I was reading when the first ray of this truth shone in my unguarded heart. Let me read to you from The First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians; there is a passage I have cherished for many years now:
“I can never stop thanking God for all the wonderful gifts He has given you, now that you belong to Christ. He has enriched your whole life. He has helped you speak out for Him and has given you a full understanding of the truth. What I told you Christ could do for you has happened! Now you have every grace and blessing; every spiritual gift and power for doing God’s will are yours during this time of waiting for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Co 1:4-7 Living Bible)
Something about this verse stopped me in my tracks. What struck me profoundly was the phrase “every spiritual gift and power for doing God’s will are yours during this time of waiting for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I had heard it said rather cleverly by an older preacher that “G.R.A.C.E. was God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.” That always stayed with me. And now, I understood more fully that Grace was the blessing of God enriching my life with “every spiritual gift, and power to do God’s will.”
And what’s more, it is NOW.
The expression, “during this time of waiting for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ” leaves no doubt that this promise is for us today – for Jesus has not yet returned.
My mind raced with the endless possibilities and implications of this. It was then that I undertook a personal challenge to study every reference to the subject of grace in all the books of the Library. And my studies were met with one amazing discovery after the other.
“This changes everything!” I mused aloud to myself. And straightway I began telling everybody I met along the Road. Some saw it for themselves; others did not – or would not. Some had their minds already made up, and were quite determined to dispute the matter. But their arguments were futile; my heart had been awakened by revelation.
I felt like the man who said, “I once was blind, but now I see!”