We are all works of grace. To this I am not ashamed, I know I can’t brag and say “its all me, look at how I changed myself!” “Look at how good I am all on my own!” No, I just quietly sing “Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me” I love that hymn, and after reading through the scriptures, I love the grace that we stand in, and I’ve come to see how much it is.
“… By grace you have been saved, through faith” (Eph 2:8). We all come into our relationship with God by grace. While it appears that this grace has been tossed around as if it’s somehow separate from the cross, we must remember it’s not. Everything we have in our relationship with God, our new life, was paid for on the cross (Rom 3:24). Jesus was punished and broken so that God’s unmerited favor can rest upon us and His divine influence can work in us. It’s free for us, but it cost Jesus His life. So I’m happy, and I rejoice, but I also remember the price that was paid for such a grace as this.
“My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Co 12:9). Paul had a real problem, “a messenger of Satan to buffet him”, we have real problems and you can fill in the blank on what yours are. No matter, what the problem is, God’s grace is sufficient. God’s grace is more than able, aptly fit, its more than appropriate to meet and exceed our need. We have real problems, real battles and struggles, I thank God for a grace that is just as real. I can remember numerous times in my life, when I have experienced a storm of problems, that one at time they would have been nothing, but they all came at once. I thank God for the grace that held me during those times. There hasn’t been a project I’ve worked on, where something else hasn’t broken and needed my attention. During those times the frustration level sky rockets, as the cost, time and questions all go through my mind. I say all of this, not because my life is special, it’s not, we all have times like this. How about dealing with people problems at work/ministry, only to come home and find there’s a person with a problem there needing you! How about dealing with your own personal problems, to still have to deal with work problems and the other things life demands. Don’t get me wrong, life is not full of problems, but it’s during these time I’ve had to rely on God’s grace more than ever, and it’s these times God’s grace is there for us. For whatever problem there is, especially those that show our weaknesses and human frailty, God’s grace is more than sufficient. Paul was dealing with a real problem that needed real grace, we are too.
“…For you are not under law but under grace.” (Rom 6:14) You’ve probably heard someone say that before, most likely in an attempt to comfort you, or to ward off a person that appeared to be legalistic. I rarely hear that phrase being said in context to the verse and passage. This chapter starts off about sin, and tells about how sin can control us, but remember Paul’s questions, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?”(Rom 6:1) His reply is “Certainly not!” He asked again “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!(Rom 6:15) No one’s perfect, but perfection means being without flaws and error free. I have flaws, and make errors and mistakes, but now that I’m under grace when I sin its a choice, not a mistake; I sin when I choose to do what I know God has said is wrong. Sin had the power over us under the law, now that we’re under grace we have the power over sin; sin is not our slave master anymore, we don’t have to obey it. (Rom 6-8) So I’ve come to a point in my walk with God that when I sin, I don’t pull the “grace card” and say, “I’m covered”, in fact when we sin it’s an insult to the Spirit of grace (Heb 10:29), I repent and ask for more grace!
We have a life where bragging and self-confidence need to be trashed; I can’t brag about some self-made “swagger”, but by taking the humility we get the grace that empowers, because God really does ”resist the proud, but gives grace to the humble”. So that in this life we can all conclude like Paul, ” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Co 12:9)
Of Dirt and Clay: Reflections in Life
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