I am a former procrastinator by God’s grace. Moving me out of that habit is just one way God pours out His favor on me without requiring that I meet standards. I don’t deserve His love, His smile, His power, His strength, His presence. I have not earned them, but He welcomes me with deep joy and understanding to come in and live where He is.
I don’t understand God’s grace. I need it. I benefit from it constantly. When I recognize I’ve received again, I’m grateful. I’m quick to accept grace but often put off showing it. Mother’s Day reminds me.
God’s grace is matchless. It is not a 401K account into which I deposit x amount of obedience, respect, and love, and therefore, God deposits an equal amount of grace. No, God’s grace requires no matching on my part. He just gives.
Do I show my child, husband, colleague or friend grace because he has made sufficient deposits with me that I am willing to reach into his account and give?
God treats me generously, not requiring me to make deposits of x.5 before I can receive His x.5. He gives without measure, no matching required.
As someone said, He does not mete out grace teaspoon by teaspoon but sends an endless line of dump trucks from the treasury of His heart.
When He gives just the amount I need when I need it, such as $56.37 to pay a bill, He’s not being tight; he’s showing me the marvelous extent of His loving sovereignty. If He denies me something I want, He’s leading me to blessings of greater grace. When He disciplines me, it’s an expression of His grace resulting in greater gifts.
His favor I do not deserve is not meager but lavish, not stingy but generous, not begrudging but joyful.
Therefore, I can close all accounts – mine with God and others’ with me. I can be lavish, generous, and joyful with grace because He invites me to live where He is. I cannot give grace as if I’m the source; I can share grace because it’s God’s. And it is matchless.
Romans 5:1-2. “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
Through Jesus, we stand in grace. What an amazing place to be! Matchless!
Mother’s Day is a reminder of how much grace we received through our imperfect moms, and how they contributed to our heart movement toward our Savior. Mother’s Day is a reminder of how amazing it is for us to live where God is and share matchless grace with our children and others, inviting them to stand in this grace too.
What opportunities might you have this week to share matchless grace?