“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.” Titus 2:11
I am a sportsman. Since my early years, I have always enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. It may be a surprise to many, but the anticipation of seeing an animal move through the woods or waiting for a fish to take a lure, is exhilarating to many of us. Though you were expecting an encounter to occur, the actual waiting for that encounter, which could occur in the time it takes for you to draw a breath, literally takes one’s breath away. God’s grace appearing has that very sense of joy and expectation to me as well.
If you were like me before I met Christ, you thought you were on the right path. Oblivious to your need for salvation, you were headed down your merry path until the proverbial lights came on, and you saw your desperate situation. In the twinkling of an eye, you felt separated from God and you knew it was your personal sin which had caused the rift. Just think for a moment. You hadn’t felt that way before while you navigated through life carrying all your sin on your shoulders. In that moment of conviction brought on by the Holy Spirit’s work in your heart, a jolt of spiritual reality surged through your very soul.
Then grace appeared. Hallelujah, grace appeared! Before you could take the next step, God spoke into your heart about His provision in advance for your spiritual renewal. Jesus had paid the price for the forgiveness of your sin. He had done that for you. You had not seen that before, but finally, your eyes are focused upon what you had always wanted. You saw it, you felt the tug and you responded in faith and repentance to the grace of God. Like seeing a deer appear in the early morning light or the gentle bite on the end of a line, what you had come for had finally happened. God’s grace appeared and you received His salvation. You are now committed hook, line and sinker to the One who came for you…once a fish, now a fisher of men…and all because the grace of God appeared.