“... the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:7 (ESV)
We measure our waistlines in inches, we measure bowling balls in pounds, tires in psi, football fields in yards, computersin gigahertz, temperature in degrees, highways in miles, and the stars in light-years. There are many ways to measure, and everything that you have ever seen or touched can be measured in one way or another.
The biggest unit of measurement that I am aware of is the light-year. It is the distance that light travels in a full year. We perceive light as instantaneous, but that is just because it is moving so fast that we can’t notice it. Just for reference, it takes light 1.3 seconds for light to reach the moon, 3.3 minutes to reach Mars, 8.3 minutes to reach the sun, 1.3 hours to reach Saturn, and 5.5 hours to reach Pluto. That means that if you could travel at the speed of light, it would take as long to get to Pluto (3.247 billion miles away) as it does for
us to drive to Phoenix (363 miles away)! All that to say, that light travels FAST! The real speed is 670,616,629 MPH! Which means that in a year, light would travel 5,878,500,000,000 miles (that’s almost 6 trillion!). Now, to understand why we use light-years instead of miles is because the closest star
to our solar system is Proxima Centauri, which is 4.3 light- years away. The furthest galaxy is believed to be 13.39 billion light-years away! If you used miles, we’d be dealing with a number that is 24 digits long. Those numbers are literallyastronomical. It is hard to wrap our brains around figures that are so big, but, and this is the point of all the numbers, we can measure them.
Now back to our text. It says that God’s grace, expressed in kindness toward us through Jesus, is so much and so great that it cannot be measured! There are no numbers that can quantify God’s grace. It is immeasurable. We can measure the universe, but we cannot fathom the measure of God’s grace!
So, how much grace does God provide? So much that it can’t be measured. How wonderful is God’s grace? So wonderful that it is beyond measuring. How many times do you have to mess up before you exhaust his grace? That number is immeasurable. To how many people can God give grace? It is immeasurable.
Spend a moment today just sitting in amazement and the wonder of God’s grace. Then, today, do your best to bring that same grace with you wherever you go. Give away as much as you can. There’s more where that came from.
Pastor of Adult Ministries