Why should I spend all this time focusing on grace? Why take the time to write about it and share it with you? The answer is that I have to write honestly about what I know to be true. God wants me to live as I am… in Christ. My whole being is placed in Christ from the moment of my saving faith. Not only for salvation, but also for each & every day. So, I am going to write about the times I’ve been mistaken, failed to grasp what God had for me, but about the abundant life that is mine even in failure. I am not held accountable for that failure because God does not see it as failure but as an opportunity to behold His gracious love once again. Say what?! All of those moments where I fell, He was there to gently remind me that Christ took care of it all on the cross. It’s done and paid for, and I don’t need to wallow in it for even a moment. I do not experience guilt or shame from God because in Christ those things do not exist. Praise Jesus!!
How does this look in my daily life today? I’m a wife & mom – I have constant moments throughout my days where I feel like I’ve messed up once again. Is that true? When I didn’t have patience with my two-year old for asking “why?” after everything I said; when I snapped at my three-year old for taking too long to respond to my simple instructions to pick up her toys; when my baby’s cry left me wishing I hadn’t become a mother at all; when my husband reminded me that he needed my attention as well & I felt bitter toward him because I felt I had nothing left to give… does this sound familiar to anyone else? How does God’s grace play out in those moments- in the real life moments? Not the Sunday morning, all dressed up, best behavior moments. But in the raw, unpolished, make up-free moments in between church appearances. By the way, God’s grace covers those Sunday morning moments too, because our ironed clothes (Wait, who am I kidding? I don’t iron.) and fresh mascara aren’t fooling anyone.
The truth is, we most likely need those moments where we feel like failures to bring us to a deeper understanding and awareness of His grace. To begin to appreciate what we have in Christ in a new, more profound way. Will we ever really ‘get it’? I really don’t think so. God is so far beyond our comprehension that we will never know how good His grace & love are. What a comforting thought! It’s better than I can imagine- thank you, Lord! Because some days, I cheapen grace. Most of the time, I sell God short. And then I sell myself short. Not because I’m great in myself, but because I’m amazing in Christ Jesus, who is my life!
Colossians 3:4 “When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”