Illogical Grace (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 229)
John 1:17 (NLT)
For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.
As human beings, we tend to live our lives according to the law. The law is logical. We shouldn’t speed because we’ll receive a ticket. We shouldn’t steal, lie, or murder because there are laws set in place through which there are major consequences. We let women and children go first through doors because it wouldn’t make sense the other way around. Good businesses aim to perform operations “by the books.”
Almost everything in the world is set on logic. But there is one thing that isn’t and that is grace. Grace defies logic. It doesn’t hold us liable for our actions and mete out just punishment and consequences based upon what we do. Instead, it looks beyond that and does what doesn’t make sense. We don’t receive grace by any work of our own power. We receive grace by trusting Jesus.
God’s grace which is unmerited and undeserved is completely wrapped up in His Son, Jesus Christ. We don’t get it by following a list of rules, tending to some man-made ritual, or embracing the idea of religion. We get it through Jesus. And it is through Jesus that we are able to receive grace and allow grace to flow through our lives to others. Grace is free and nothing can change or decrease divine sovereign grace.
While grace costs us nothing, it is not cheap. Grace cost Jesus Christ His life. He shed His precious blood on the cross to pay for all of our sins so we could have eternal life. It is the most costly commodity that exists in the world, more costly and needed than water, air, food, and time. Grace works something like this, this is the race. You can run as hard as you want to but you’ll never get to the end. And because you’ll never get to the end, I’m giving you the victory now. The grace of God changes everything about our lives both now and in the future.
“Grace means undeserved kindness. It is the gift of God to man the moment he sees he is unworthy of God’s favor.”
— D.L. Moody