How was your day? Did you find a solution to your problem, did you reach your goal for the day, do you have a brilliant idea for tomorrow, are you patting yourself on the back? What? You didn’t expect to do all that! Why not?
Grace is rarely something we take the time to ask for, but it is definitely something we hope will fill our days and nights. It adds the shine or polish to any and all accomplishments that fill our lives. And in this day and age, we long and need to see it on the faces of our friends and loved ones. “In the Old Testament, grace usually means kindness or graciousness shown by a superior to an inferior…In the New Testament, it is used in reference to God’s redemptive love which acts to draw men to him and to preserve them in covenant relationship with him.” (The Layman’s Bible Encyclopedia) It is something we all want, but also need to live the lives we were created to live.
Paul tells us in Corinthians – For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich (2:8:9). That can almost make you stand on your head trying to figure it out. He was rich and He gave it all up to assure us, to make certain, without a doubt that we understood that everything handed down to Him by His Father could be ours if we could only believe and accept His lordship in our lives. That might not seem so hard for some, at least on paper, but actually accepting it is another thing altogether. Can you put yourself in His place? If you had everything you could ever want, could you give it up for another, even someone you didn’t yet know? I imagine it would be awfully hard even for the best of people.
Paul goes on to tell you what Jesus said – My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness and then Paul gives this response – Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2:12:9). That makes it sound rather simple, doesn’t it? The problem is that in today’s world we would never consider boasting in our infirmities, even to take the chance that Jesus might choose to cover us. We have been brought up in an “I can do it myself” world. How often do you hear that even from our little children? We choose to call it “independence” and are proud of ourselves when we can live up to the picture that runs around inside our heads; I think we like to call it “maturity”.
We usually think of maturity as something we accomplish as we grow and have watched ourselves fall head first a number of times in the process. We can look back and acknowledge that Mother was right when she advised us simply to listen and obey. Are you beginning to get the picture? Would our lives be different if early on we had simply read and obeyed the everlasting Word of God?
The unknown author of Hebrews, with wisdom, encourages us thusly – Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear (12:28).
Some may call it foolish and impossible,
but for every heart, it rescues it’s a miracle;
It’s nothing less than scandalous,
this love that took our place;
Just call it what it is, call it grace.
P.S. Take a moment and listen to the song on YouTube by Unspoken. You won’t be sorry!