This post was first shared as issue 7 of These Sacred Words
I’ve found myself lately needing to go back to the basics.
To be reminded of the truths of the Gospel. So often I talk about the Gospel, I act like I know the Gospel and live in light of the Gospel, but how often do I actively rehearse the truths that I know about God and his grace? How often do I remind myself of who I was, what Christ has done for me, and who I am now?
I need to remember the truth. We all do. So I hope these words bring you encouragement and hope.
At the heart of the Gospel is GRACE.
Grace: (n) ascribed to God – grace is his voluntary, unrestrained, unmerited favor toward guilty sinners, granting them justification and life instead of the penalty of death, which they deserve
Reading through this definition I am overwhelmed and humbled.
Grace. Without restraint. Grace. Excessive and abundant. Grace. Life and hope offered to vile and wretched sinners.
Grace doesn’t make sense. I am a sinner. I continually choose other things over God, things that in no way deserve my affections. I get overwhelmed with fear and guilt and sometimes I doubt. I forget who God is and what he has done for me. Sometimes I don’t trust him. My feelings are not steady, I don’t always seek him, I don’t always love him. I am fickle and unsure and a terrible lover. I am in no way deserving of anything good from God.
Praise the Lord, he is everything that I am not.
He is good. Steadfast. Sure. Loving. Faithful. Gracious. Unwavering. Merciful. Worthy.
And because of these things…because of who he is…he loves me. Not because of who I am, not at all because of what I have or haven’t done. But because of who he is.
Over and over and over again he chooses to love me, by no merit of my own, but by his merit alone. And not just because his character is perfect and proclaims that he can love me, but because in Christ I am worth loving. Because of Christ all that is in him is now in me. For that reason, he is able to see me as worthy and pour out his love upon me.
Because of Christ, God desires and loves and pursues me despite who I am, despite my failings and inadequacies.And not only does he love me in this way, but he calls me – he calls us all – to join him in making his name known, along with the oceans and the stars and the trees and the mountains and the skies and the birds, in proclaiming this grace to all nations.
He gives us this incredible grace and then allows us to join him in proclaiming it to the world with our every breath.
What grace. What incredible love. His righteousness, bequeathed freely to me.
The Lord’s favor resting upon me only because of his great act of love.
Oh I pray that he would continually remind us of his undeserved love. May we embrace his grace daily, and may we embrace him in wonder and adoration and submission. He alone is worthy. And his grace is enough.
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:13
Praise the Lord, his grace is enough.