I still remember how the concept of grace clicked to me. I don't remember if I heard it in a sermon, conversation, or if God just gave it to me one day, but it still just makes sense.Mercy is when a child acts foolish and a parent decides to sit down and talk with the kid instead of spanking them. The child "sinned" and deserves "punishment", but rather is pardoned, that's mercy. Grace is when a child acts foolish and a parent says come on let's go to the toy store. The child "sinned", deserves "punishment", yet receives a blessing, that's grace.
I'm the child and by GRACE I have been saved. It was His grace that saved me, and yet it is His grace that continues to sustain me.
It is His grace that empowers us to live Christ-like. In and of myself I can do nothing, but in His grace, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. As this school year is winding down I find myself... TIRED! I mean struggle to get out of bed, struggle to stay awake, fight to be enthusiastic, muster up energy to talk to anyone, and pray like crazy for energy to actually do basic things like eat, workout, coach softball practice.
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" (abbreviated 2 Cor. 12:9)
As I look and I see what all the Lord is doing around me, I am humbled, and in awe of Him. The other day I got to pray with a young girl to receive Christ on the kickball field. I've had more students than I can count come to me for prayer in the last couple of days. I'm hearing testimony of God moving in their lives. I am weak, I am tired, but His grace is sufficient and His power abounds.
His grace is sufficient for you. His grace saved you and His grace will sustain you.