I’m always blown away by the incredible, immeasurable, grace of God.
In the natural I have a tendency to think of some people as “savable” and secretly categorize others as beyond the saving grace of God. Every time I do that God surprises me (and I must admit shames me as well) by “saving” and transforming a life that I have shelved as beyond the reach of God’s grace. LORD HELP ME! WHEN WILL I LEARN MY LESSON!
This morning I read the following during my Bible reading during “coffee with the Lord”…
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, ‘EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE PUT TO SHAME.’ FOR THERE IS NO DISTINCTION … THE SAME LORD IS LORD OF ALL, BESTOWING HIS RICHES ON ALL WHO CALL ON HIM. FOR ‘EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.’ Romans 10:9–13 (ESV)
I mean, Apostle Paul should know, right? He said, “Formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. THE SAYING IS TRUSTWORTHY AND DESERVING OF FULL ACCEPTANCE, THAT CHRIST JESUS CAME INTO THE WORLD TO SAVE SINNERS, OF WHOM I AM THE FOREMOST. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever! Amen!!” (1 Timothy 1:12–17)
Wow!! Paul (Saul of Tarsus) the Christ-hater, the Christian killer, the persecutor of the Church, an apostle, writer of a fair share of our New Testament! Oh the grace of God! Who would have imagined it! Others come to mind: Manasseh in the Old Testament, vile and wicked king of Judah (read 2 Chronicles 33); and several years ago, Jeffrey Dahmer (serial killer, sex predator, labeled the Milwaukee Cannibal) who I understand came to Christ and was baptized before he was executed.
Reminds me of something else Apostle Paul write to the Corinthians…
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. AND SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU. BUT YOU WERE WASHED, YOU WERE SANCTIFIED, YOU WERE JUSTIFIED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND BY THE SPIRIT OF OUR GOD.” (1 Corinthians 6:9–11)
OH THE MARVELOUS GRACE OF GOD! LORD HELP ME! WHEN WILL I LEARN MY LESSON!