Grace is like a lucky penny


Growing up, grace was always explained to me as God’s riches at Christ’s expense. What that said to me was that grace was why I had God’s blessings in my life. While I don’t think this is completely inaccurate, I DO believe it is inadequate. Grace is the gift that tells us no matter how bad we mess up God can cover it. It’s also a gift that when given the expectation is to use as little of it as possible so that you can pass it on to others. All too often we forget that grace isn’t a gift that only God gives. We need to remember that any offense anyone can do to us, we’ve done ten fold worse to God and He forgave us. All too often we hold tight to that grace and dole it out stingily. Maybe we think that if we give out too much grace to other people, there won’t be enough grace to cover our mess ups. But what did God actually say? “My grace is sufficient.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) Maybe we don’t realize that the term finite does not apply to anything God is or does. Maybe we need also to remember that we are told, “For the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38) That statement should carry both a great deal of peace and a great deal of fear. The peace comes from the fact that if we give out grace freely it will be freely given to us. On the other side, if we choose to apply selectively grace, it will be selectively applied to us. That means if we aren’t people itching to extend grace when people make mistakes, we run the risk of having grace hesitantly applied to our indiscretions. How sad would it be to stand before God and witness the treasury of His grace with our own eyes, know the infinity it contains, and to be told “All this was available to the world but you only gave a handful, so a handful is all that is due you.” Grace is the most wonderful thing that has ever been given to us; hopefully we will enjoy it enough to share it with others. Become the Target.


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