My dog, Murray, peed (sp?) on the carpet today. Frustrating. This picture is when he is nice and cute.
He is still a puppy. But it is still is very frustrating when he relieves himself in the house. For the most part, he goes outside but we still can’t trust him 100%.
Sometimes (maybe more than we would like to think) are like Murray. We pee on the carpet. Figuratively speaking.
Jonah went west instead of east. He got swallowed by a whale.
David was home instead of out fighting. He couldn’t handle the temptation.
Saul (New Testament) killed followers of Christ. He was on a rampage.
“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” Romans 3
You see, all of us have a ‘Murray-peed-on-the-carpet’ streak in us.
It is called sin. And sin will kill us.
But God is gracious.
The Word – Gracious
The Worth – As I have learned over the years, the word grace is complex and multi-layered in its meaning. I want to suggest to you that there are three types of grace when speaking of God and spiritual things.
- Saving Grace – This is the type of grace that is present for all of the human race. It is the barrier that keeps us from dying in our sin. Read 2 Peter 3:9 and you get the picture of God waiting for us to come back to Him. Surely, because of His holiness, he hates the sin and wants to eradicate it from creation. But, he also loves us so He is long-tempered (extremely patient) and is longing for us to return to Him. However, this saving grace will not be enough for the purification of our sin. It only buys us time.
- Sanctifying Grace – At some point, a person can make the choice to live for God. They surrender their life to Him. 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells about being a new creation. Ephesians 2:8-9 explain how grace is the saving agent, not our works. This grace will bring the change in our life that only God can work. At this point, construction begins on our heavenly dwelling.
- Strengthening Grace – Now that we have a new life, we need power to live that new life. This third type of grace empowers us to be the man or woman God has created us to be. But how can we live up to God’s standards? He sets the bar really high. Read 2 Corinthians 12. Paul was stating that he was weak. And really, all of us could argue that we are weak. We cannot always go forward. We stumble and trip. Sometimes daily. But in our weaknesses, His strength is made perfect. His grace is sufficient.
The Work – Can I challenge you this week with The Work?
Meditate on His grace. Think about how His grace has saved you. Dwell on the times when you felt God’s grace filling your heart and mind. You were invincible. Remember the times when you messed up. You fell. You were weak. Did God’s grace abandon you? No. And it never will because…
God is gracious.