Living in Grace!
Grace isn’t fair! At least, that is, according to the standards of the world. And sometimes that bothers us greatly.
I had never thought about it that much until I read Philip Yancey’s book, “What’s So Amazing about Grace?” Yancey has long been one of my very favorite Christian authors, both for his insightful gleanings on matters of faith and his easy style of writing. He also challenges me to think about my own faith often.
Such was the case with his book about grace. Indeed, from the first time I read it and the numerous times since that I led a study on the book, I am still challenged, even troubled, in trying to understand this whole concept of grace. No, there is nothing about grace that is fair by our standards; and aren’t we glad?
You see, grace permeates our whole relationship with an all- loving, all- powerful, all- knowing God. Out of a love that you and I may never fully comprehend, God gave us a gift—the most precious gift we could ever have. God gave us his own Son, Jesus Christ, not out of condemnation for sin, but rather the forgiveness of sin. God’s gift is undeserved and unmerited on our part. There is nothing we can do to earn or buy it. We can only accept it!
That, my friends, is grace! God going before us; God justifying us; God finally sanctifying us! And all along the way, God in Christ and through the Holy Spirit is making a way for us, giving us what we need at the moment and in the midst of whatever besets us.
Or, as one of the great old hymns puts it: “Grace, grace, God’s grace…grace that is greater than all our sin!”
For something so important to our lives of faith, it is good every so often to revisit, review, and refresh our beliefs. And what better time to do this than in the season of Lent, that time when we are encouraged to look inward, to take stock of our faith, and perhaps to make changes that lead us back to that closer relationship with Christ. After all, it is grace that “leads us home.”
Please join us on the Sundays of Lent as we explore what “Living in Grace” can mean for each of us in a new series of sermons. Lauren and I also invite your “feedback” as we learn together.
In the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,