God demonstrates His graciousness by His willingness to ask and allow His Son to become a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus, Son of God, was willing to obey and become the catalyst to explode open the door, breach the wall, that separated heaven and earth, Creator and creation.
3-6 How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.
Ephesians 1:3-6 MSG
God knew there would be some who wouldn't believe, or would try to disprove His plan to bring unity between heaven and earth. God knew giving us free will was risky, but it was worth the risk to give us the pleasure of choosing Him. We may be players in God's plan, but we are not pawns.
God's plan is eternal and single-minded (to walk through our lives with us), but He is willing to tweak His plan to uniquely empower each of His children. He uses the gifts and talents He has bestowed, while tending to the needs of the flesh, allowing us to be partners in His glory.
7-10 Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.
Ephesians 1:7-10 MSG
Dear Reader, how have you experienced God's lavish gift of grace? What other gifts has He lavished upon you? In what way does receiving and bringing Him glory give you the most pleasure?