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Let’s pause for one moment. One constant that has remained since giving my life to Christ is that I am deeply flawed. I do not say this to seek for anyone’s sympathy. I say this because regardless of how many times I may fall short, God’s loving grace has lifted me up. This is not to say that I abuse God’s grace for my personal gain. It is to say that I realize that I really need Him to help me live this life into which He has called me.
Let’s pause for one moment. What does this mean for myself and others? It means that, as our Heavenly Father, God does not throw us away every time we get it wrong. On the contrary, He offers us a chance at getting it right. He knows that “apart from Him, we can do nothing.” (Jn. 15:5). If it were not for that second, third, and fourth chance (more for some things) to get it right, we would be forever lost without hope. Without hope, this life is futile.
Let’s pause for one moment. We struggle with different things. Some things we lay down at the foot of the Cross with ease. No living person goes through life without temptation. Even Jesus experienced temptation as we experience temptation (Heb. 4:15). Yet He was able to overcome this temptation. But how? Some say because He was God. I say this is a great answer, but I agree with the Apostle Paul when he says,
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross…” (Phil. 2:5-8).
Let’s pause for one moment. This verse says that Christ humbled Himself and became obedient. Christ, through His example, gave us an example of how we should overcome the various areas of life wherein temptation confronts us. The example can work for us as well if we place our all on the altar and trust God for the outcome of the process.
All we need to do is pause for one moment in order to understand that we still have a place in this race. We may have fallen down, but if we get back up and continue to move forward, we still have a chance at winning the race. But if we stay down in the place we have fallen, we allow the enemy to usurp our victory given to us through Christ.
“And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel…” (Josh. 6:23).
God’s grace is great and extends to everyone. As believers, we preach this within and outside of the Christian circle. However, we negate the statement by our actions. Many times, our judgmental comments and actions close the door of opportunity for others to experience grace. As a result, the person in need of grace receives the proverbial scarlet letter through maltreatment from those who have the answer for their present condition.
How soon we forget that we once were in need of God’s grace! We have also forgotten that we, too, still need God’s grace to successfully go through each day. Do we remember when the shoe was on the other foot? Likewise, God reached down and rescued us when we were in the midst of our sin. For some of us, it was not too long ago. For others, it was so long ago that God sometimes reminds us.
God is not partial to any one group of people. His desire is to see all of humanity receive His precious gift of salvation. He expects us to share our stories with others in order for them to realize that they, too, have a chance to be redeemed.
As God’s children, we should emulate our Father’s actions in all that we think, say and do. God freely gave His gift of grace to us. We should be willing to share it with others. This is God’s way of overthrowing the kingdom of darkness. As His children, this should be our way of doing things as well.
“But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?…” (1 Jn. 3:17).
One thing I have noticed is that it is extremely easy to overlook others in their time of need because we are so busy and consumed with our own personal problems. If we were to compare our lives to how Jesus lived, we would hardly come close to emulating the actions of our Great Master and Teacher. Jesus is often shown as overlooking His own personal needs (i.e., no home, no food at times, fatigue) to show love and compassion to those who were poor and in need (both physically and spiritually).
As Christ’s disciples, we often emulate the actions of the world instead of Christ. We pass by on the other side of the hungry, homeless person on the street (Lk. 10:25-37). We treat those who have fallen on hard times for various reasons beyond their control as unwanted and unworthy, often forgetting that we all must come before the judgment seat of Christ (Lk. 16:19-31; Rom. 14:11). We, too, can suffer the fate of these men and women; or lest we forget, some of us have been in this position and have conveniently forgotten (1 Cor. 10:12; 6:11).
Let us return unto the works of Christ by being a demonstration of His great love for all, as well as, being and example of the Father’s great grace and mercy towards us in that “…while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us…” (Rom. 5:8). We may or may not have experienced physical or material lack in our lives, but we all have experienced spiritual lack and are in need of a Savior. This makes us all one and the same. We are not better than another because of our status in life. God sees us all as a part of His creation and He loves every one of us with an everlasting love (Jer. 31:3).
If you want to make this world a better place…Show the love of Jesus Christ to others today…