Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord (Acts 11:23 KJV)
The scripture above tells us that when Barnabas came to the Gentile Church in Antioch, sent from Jerusalem by the Apostles, he was glad when he “had seen the grace of God.” He saw God’s grace. That means grace is visible. But what did he see?
Barnabas saw what prompted the Apostles to send him in the first place as verse 21 puts it:“And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord” (Acts 11:21 KJV). He saw gentiles, who were considered estranged from the commonwealth of Israel, becoming saved just as the Jews were. He saw the kindness of God demonstrated in these men and women through salvation.
The reason grace can be seen is that it produces tangible, visible effects. Grace is not a hidden affection or favor in God’s heart. It will produce effects in your life that are visible. When grace touches your body, finances, ministry, relationships, etc, it will be visible to people around you. God has called you into His grace! That is where He wants you to live always.
Grace cannot be hidden. Whenever grace is revealed, it produces results that bring beauty, joy, and praise( Isa. 61:3).
What was the first visible manifestation of the grace of God that brings salvation to humans? ( Titus 2:11, John 1:14). Declare that “the grace of God is touching every aspect of my life and producing visible evidence of its presence.”
APPLY THE WORD
Until grace is seen in an area of your life, you have not known God’s grace is that area. Grace is much more than a doctrine. God wants your life to be a visible proof of His beauty and goodness! Put grace to work in your life through knowledge and faith( 2 Pet. 3:8, Rom. 5:2).
Ask the Father to help you receive and display His grace in your spiritual life, ministry, health, finances, etc.