Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Grace Curve


“But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.”  -Ronald Reagan

What if your pastor acted like a middle school teacher to grade you on your works?  Perhaps he’d say, “God, Johny was tardy again to my sermon.  Secondly, Johny never seems to know any of the answers that are found in the class textbook (the Bible); I don’t think he is doing any of his own studying.  Furthermore, Johny doesn’t seem to be getting along with the lab partner you assigned him (his wife).  God, Johny is nice boy, but based on his works… he’s earned an F.”  Facts are that no matter how good we think we are, at some point we have broken the Ten Commandments to fall short of the glory of God.  Even the best student’s righteousness is but rags and he has also failed God (sin).  We deserved Hell for our F’s, but because God loved us so much he sacrificed His Son to pay the consequence for our failures.  Thus God was able to give a grace curve—our F’s became A’s.  You can’t quite understand what Jesus did for you unless you first understand how much you needed a Savior from your sin. 


God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it (Ephesians 2:8-9, NLT). 

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