| The wonder of grace
us live as if God has a big performance chart with our name on it, and at the end
of each day He grades us to determine if He will love us more, or less, or at all.
You say, ‘If I were God, some days I wouldn’t love me.’ Then be glad you’re not
God, and we’ll all be twice as glad - or we’d all be sunk! God does not save us by
grace and then base how He feels about us on our spiritual performance. The Bible
says, ‘God…out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead
through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ - by grace you have
been saved’ (vv. 4-5 NRSV). The wonder of grace is that you are chosen, you are
wanted, and God desires you for His family. By grace you have been made alive to
God. You have strength to endure, power to serve, a reason to hope, and death has
no hold over you. God took your indebtedness and guilt and nailed it to the cross.
He erased the bill; He destroyed the I.O.U. and set you free. Unburdened.
Cleansed. Today you can live with a heart as light as a feather - no matter what
you did yesterday. The truth is that no one in heaven will ever boast, ‘Look what
Jesus and I did.’ No, when Jesus cried from the cross, ‘It is finished’ (see John
19:30), God wrote ‘Paid in full’ over every sin you would commit - all the way
from the cradle to the grave. This is the wonder of grace.
Sam 7-9, John
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