This morning I was listening to Premier Praise while driving to work. The song Only By Grace* came on. I was thrilled. I love that song. It reminds me of childhood. It reminds me of Sunday worship at the Baptist Chapel I attend, when Ian was the Minister there.
There was only one difference – I listened. I knew all of the words; but this time I noticed what they meant. It sounds stupid that I had an ‘ah ha’ moment during that song which is so familiar to me. ‘Only by grace can we enter, only by grace can we stand…‘ It’s such a simple message of hope. Only by His grace are we saved. Not by anything we do or don’t do. Just grace! When did that message of hope get lost on me? Why have I struggled to accept this truth – even, sometimes, now? Why do we seek other ways of getting saved?
It’s tough to let go of control and surrender to grace, isn’t it? Grace is outrageous. Love (agape) is outrageous. Acceptance is outrageous. Forgiveness, mercy, inclusion, and unity are outrageous, yet they’re free gifts available to us.
It seems to me that free gifts are really difficult for us to accept. I’m not sure why that is. It’s a flaw that I’m wanting to examine within myself as I grow (up) in my faith as a disciple of Jesus.
Not only are they free for us, they are free to all. God doesn’t force these gifts on us – He offers them fully, freely and willingly, but we have to accept them. We’re also challenged to extend these free gifts to others. That’s tough to do though, isn’t it?
* Only by Grace – Graham Kendrick
Only by grace can we stand
Not by our human endeavor
But by the blood of the Lamb
You call us to come
Into Your presence You draw us
And now by Your grace we come
Who could stand
By the blood of the Lamb