You are tall. He is cool. She has money. They have gadgets. He is good at sports. She has brains. He is a nerd. She is an amazing dancer. Just look around and it’s pretty obvious that we are all different.
I have been reading In the Grip of Grace by Max Lucado, and he has changed the way that I view grace completely. Grace has always been a definition for me: getting something I don’t deserve. Through reading this book I found that it is so much more.
As I look into the mirror of my life, I see all my faults, failures and short comings. I am in desperate need of grace! As I pointed out, we are all different. I am better in some areas and I really fail in others. The beautiful thing about grace is: all that doesn’t matter.
I’ve never met a person who hasn’t sinned. (If you have, please introduce us!) So I think we can agree that no one is perfect, rather the opposite. The Bible is pretty clear when it says that everyone has sinned.
I know thus far I’ve been pretty pessimistic, I promise it gets better. As depressing as sin sounds, the thought of grace is enough to overcome that depression. The fact the God knew I was a mess, am a mess and will most likely be a mess in my life, yet still offered me grace is mind blowing!
Think about that for a second. Or a minute.
If you’ve ever had a boss that excused a huge mistake you made, then you can start to understand the idea of this kind of grace. Or maybe you wrecked a parent’s car when you first started driving, and rather than yelling at you they told you they loved you and then took care of the issue. The idea here is that we truly don’t deserve His grace, but He doesn’t care what logic says: He loves us enough to find the good in us and give us another chance.
The even crazier thing about grace is that it can’t be earned. Although my actions are what creates the need for grace, my actions are useless to gain grace. It is something only the judge can give out.
We are desperate people in need of God that desperately loves us!