The Expensive Gift (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 236)
Romans 5:15 (NLT)
But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ.
Everyone knows that if someone gives you something with no strings attached, that gift will be free to you, but it cost the giver something to get it. The same can be said of grace. God’s grace is completely free to all of His creation, but it cost Jesus Christ His life. Because God was willing to give up His Son so every soul that enters the world can have a chance at a beautiful eternal life, we have this free gift called grace.
Grace is free, but it does not come without cost to someone; this is what makes it the most expensive gift. Nobody in the world has willingly given up their life to pay for the sins of the world. Very few, if any, would be willing to sacrifice their life to pay for their own sins. Because we couldn’t, Christ did. The grace we receive through Jesus alone causes God to look at us through the life of Christ. For believers, it isn’t just us at the throne of grace; it is us through the blood of Jesus.
When we come to God, He accepts us just as we are because Christ has already covered us with His life. Christ’s sacrifice was perfect and those who have received his sacrifice and accepted his grace are “in Christ” forever. God doesn’t see us for who we are — our flaws, our failures, our imperfections, our scars, our problems. God only sees Jesus, and Jesus makes everything alright. God’s love doesn’t change based upon what we do, but it does change who we are. That is grace — the most expensive gift we will ever receive.
“I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.”
— Anne Lamott