These days, I am thinking about God’s grace a lot. This all-embracing, far-reaching grace that breaks the chains and brings down walls and fortresses. This radiant, wondrous grace that breaks through to the darkness and delivers into light. This grace, that reaches the least of us.
And I can’t help but wonder, how would the world change if we would choose to see our lives, our circumstances, our people through the lenses of God’s grace. It’s not that we can ever change the world — only God is able to do that — but I think this grace, it would change me. And it might change you. So maybe it could change all of us, after all? In the end, we are all just broken people in desperate need of Him, of His grace.
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
The problem with people is, that it is difficult to see where our brokenness begins. It is easy to jump in feet first, to roll up our sleeves and extend our hands, to share a piece of our minds — but these also often come with a piece of our broken hearts. The problem with broken hearts is, there are harsh edges and cracked corners. And where sharp pieces and weary souls collide, it will hurt. Whether we intended so or not.
Where there is hurting or pain, hardships or shame — religion finds its place in our hearts too easily. Instead of choosing to believe that the grace of God meets us without condemnation, telling us to let go of our past and continue on our journey, being transformed into the image of Jesus. We often choose to say, to ourselves and others, that first we need to change and then there will be no condemnation.
But what if we would choose grace instead?
“Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:16-17)
What if we would fall on our knees before mercy and chose to stay there, covered in this radical grace that renders us worthy in Him? What if for once, we would be quick to run to the unfailing love and forgiveness, letting the shadows fall behind us?
What if we all stopped despising weakness — ours and others’ — and chose to wholly embrace who God has made us instead? What if we would choose to see the messy parts and shortcomings as opportunities for God to work in us and be glorified through us? He certainly is a gracious and merciful God.
Because it is in darkness that we best notice the light. It is in deep darkness that the beacons of light come through most pure. It is in that place where we have nothing, where we are nothing — that we understand that the Lord is all we need, and we get Him. His glorious grace will reach out and take hold of our hearts. And as we behold the glory of the Lord, we are being changed.
“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5)
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