Thursday, August 13, 2015

We were not called to be distributors of Christ's Grace. We were called to be receptors and imitators.

This topic is extremely important to me. More than most actually. I think it's because grace is something that everyone desires to receive, but many have a difficult time giving without bias. The solution is rather simple, honestly; Grace isn't ours to give. It's our to imitate and receive.

There's a story that Jeffrey Zaslow, shares in his book "Tell Me All About It," of his father who coached a team of eight-year-olds in the game of baseball. He had a few excellent players, and some who just couldn't get the hang of the game.

His dad's team hadn't won once all season.

In the last inning of the last game, there was hope. They were down by one run. A boy who had never been able to hit the ball--or catch it--was up to bat with two outs. Surprising to him and everyone else, he hit a single!

The next batter was the team slugger and the team's hopes were high that they just might win a game. The slugger connected, and as the boy who hit the single ran to second, he saw the ball coming quickly toward him. Not so certain of baseball's rules, he caught it. Final out! His team lost! Quickly, the coach told his team to cheer. The boy beamed. It never occurred to him that he lost the game. All he knew was he had hit the ball and caught it--both for the first time. Later, that boy's parents thanked the coach. Their child had never even gotten in a game before that season.

Despite what the scoreboard said, those boys won that night.

So many times, we treat grace as if it is our to give or withhold. It's not. We are called to give relentless amounts of grace to (wait for it) EVERYONE. Yes, especially those who we deem unworthy. We can't treat grace as some secret gift we've been given, while others seem to miss the mark by means to receive it.

I'm sorry (cough cough) Bullshit!

Jesus came so that through him all religious elitism would be vanquished; all sin forgiven; all judgment found null and void; all Hell defeated; all forgiveness administered; all that is required fulfilled.

Don't believe me? I'm not making this up!

18-19 Here it is in a nutshell: Just as one person did it wrong and got us in all this trouble with sin and death, another person did it right and got us out of it. But more than just getting us out of trouble, he got us into life! One man said no to God and put many people in the wrong; one man said yes to God and put many in the right.

20-21 All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end. (Romans 5:18-21)

I love grace. Without it, i would have no hope. It's not mine to withhold, though. It's mine to imitate and receive. So, I'm just going to do that!

And I do have that Hope; that's what anchors my soul. You can't convince me otherwise!

(PS: if you're still hung up on the fact that I said *bullshit* this again)

(PSS: If after reading this blog post you're still hung up on grace not giving us a license to this again)

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