Why do you think it's so hard that we see God's Grace for what it is?
Maybe it's because we think we owe it to someone for such a gift.
Maybe it's because we've never experienced it in real life.
Maybe it's because we have a universal rule that cause and effect are things that have to be.
But what happens when we really live under the banner of Grace?
Works fade away. The need to perform for God becomes a distant memory. The idea we have to prove something to society or the group we are involved in becomes a silly idea, because GOD LOVES YOU in the now. He loves you right where you are. No matter what shade of skin color, no matter what your laundry list of sin might look like, or what your past has been; He sent His Only Son to cover you with Grace and Forgiveness and say, "You can be healed."
Funny, sometimes we think God is only interested in those of us who are pure and clean, but the reality of God's message is the healing power He's brought to a humanity that fails.
He doesn't give out trophies to those who are "most pure," In fact, the core of Jesus' message to those who questioned him…Matthew 9:9-13.
As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.
While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
I DESIRE MERCY NOT SACRIFICE….
Oh my soul sings outloud today with a loud shout of Thanksgiving. Thank you God for laying the blanket of Grace on my life. Thank you for your forgiveness I don't deserve. Thank you for your work here on earth to sit with those who were never good enough, but you took them gently by the face, looked deep in their eyes, and said…."Come follow me."
Grace is a powerful concept. It speaks Loud and Clear to a world that says "they deserve."
May you live in God's grace today.
May you sense His moving in your spirit today.
May His forgiveness become more than an afterthought in your world, but rather; May His message live richly in your soul.