“Please don’t make me go,” I grumbled... again. The Lord’s reply came like a gentle breeze on a warm summer’s evening. “You can decide!”
The many mornings I sat, complaining about my situation, God heard me and, lovingly, responded with an opportunity instead of rebuke. Oh my soul, that’s grace!
We all need grace. Through His ministry, Christ constantly extended it to others. He never hesitated to give that undeserved gift. He showered extraordinary grace on those who struggled in life. Take for example the Samaritan woman at the well, the adulterous woman about to be stoned, and Zacchaeus the shady tax collector.
Within their own mess, Jesus’ unmerited grace was lavishly given. Even as He hung on the Cross, Christ petitioned His heavenly Father for abundant grace to be given to the ignorant that mocked and spit on Him. What limitless grace.
When I am grumbling about a life situation that’s less than ideal, Jesus doesn’t hold it against me. He only says, “My grace is sufficient for you...” (2 Corinthians 12:9), and my messiness is once again covered by His perfect grace.
As believers, we all have the same opportunity to let go of our human nature in exchange for the powerful gift God gives us by His grace. This show of undeserved favor should keep us more Christ-like in our walk of faith. May we never grow weary in accepting or extending God’s grace on our way to eternity.
Precious Jesus, thank you for each and every time you have shown grace to me. I always need it, especially in times of wanting my own way and fighting against my fleshly desires. Even though I know your grace is enough in my weakness, I never get tired of feeling your awesome grace that humbles me. Thank you for who you are. I can’t wait to be with you in eternity. It’s in your name I pray, Jesus, Amen.
Go Deeper — Do you feel stronger, as Paul did, in receiving that grace during extreme times of weakness? As you reflect and meditate on the above verses, may the magnitude of God’s grace reset your heart in the direction of eternity.
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