Hello friends! I am so incredibly excited to share with you something I have been relishing in the past couple of weeks, and that is God’s grace.
What is God’s grace?
Well according to the handy dandy internet, grace is the free and undeserved favor of God.
Keep that in mind, you’ll need to remember that in a minute. For now, let me share with you a common scenario I’ve been experiencing lately:
Me: Okay, I’m going to study for this class, workout, eat, do this and that, and then read my bible!
*Night time comes*
Me: Oh gosh I spent my entire day studying and I didn’t get to do this and that.. or read my bible! I’ll just catch up tomorrow.
Me: (repeats this process 3 days in a row)
Me: Ahh no I haven’t read my bible in days, God is probably so disappointed dkgndinfknfjefnj.
You get the point.
Do you ever do this? Do you ever try to intentionally spend time with The Lord, but you let other responsibilities get in the way? Because I’ll be honest, I go through this process ALL THE TIME, and the worst part is that I feel like I am failing God.
But let me tell you something friends,
God is a gracious God that runs after our hearts, not our Christian duties.
I am a person who puts very high expectations on myself; I have ever since I was a little kid. And when I came to know God, I somehow got the idea that the expectations I have on myself are also God’s expectations.
But that is SO UNTRUE.
A lot of the time, I’m harder on myself than God is. I am the one who sets a goal to have quiet time with The Lord every day, not him. Although he delights in when I spend time with him, he doesn’t force me to because he is a God who believes in free will. He wants us to crave the word, not forcefully feed on it.
And even on the days I do take the time to read the word, I still need God’s grace. You know why?
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet, God with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty of our sins. – Romans 3:23
Every day I fall short because of sin. Even if I do something pleasing to the Lord, like reading his word, it doesn’t wipe away the displeasing things I also do, like talking back or having a bad attitude. But that’s the beautiful thing about our Father- HE LOVES US ANYWAY. He sent his perfect son to die on a cross because he thinks we’re worth something despite our failures.
This is GRACE y’all!
The only thing God expects of his people is for us to willingly pursue him with all we have. That doesn’t mean always getting things right, but always striving for what is right, and what He is calling us to as his disciples. Every expectation that doesn’t line up with that is our own.
So the next time you beat yourself up on not reading the word, or not praying for that friend you grab lunch with, remember that God’s grace is abundant whether we do those things are not. Even so, that kind of grace and love should encourage us to say “yes” to him next time.