Extra. Grace. Required.

Rob King | February 27, 2020

We all have people in our lives who require extra grace. Grace is required for every single one of us. None of us are perfect, and we can’t expect perfection from our spouses, children, friends or relatives.

Grace is better than perfection because we get it from Jesus. Everyone gets grace. Not just “sinners” — which we all are. The cross has put us all on equal footing. It may feel frustrating when someone tries to say they need more grace than you.

2 Corinthians 7-10 says:
Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

There’s something you need more than the removal of all the trouble. That is not what you need. How is trouble good for you? Jesus has something better than the immediate eradication of the pain and trouble. It is grace. Jesus is saying to Paul and to us; I won’t always answer the prayer with immediate relief, but I have something better. GRACE.

We ask God to remove the sickness. But what we need in the meantime is grace. We ask God to take the painful relationship away but what He offers us His grace to make it through. We want every struggle to be vanquished but God gives us grace for the struggle. If you hadn’t gone through the tough time, would you really know Him? We grow in the valleys not the vacations.

We pray, “Lord I want to know you.” Do we really want to know Jesus? Then we will know Him the way that He really is. We will often know Him in the likeness of His suffering. How did He make it through the betrayal? How did he endure the pain? By depending on God’s grace. By going through the situation right now that requires grace, you’re getting to know Him.

I have this Kintsugi vase in my office. This Japanese art mends a broken vase with gold. When I see this vase it reminds me of life with Jesus. We have all these broken pieces mended by Jesus into a beautiful piece of art. This represents our lives. Broken. Made new. His grace makes broken things beautiful and new. If we were not broken we would not be so beautiful.

As Christians, we still attempt to do things on our own, but in our weakness, we need to be completely and utterly dependent upon Him. When you make mistakes and fail, surround yourself with people who will speak grace over you.

Today, I’m encouraging you to let go of perfection. Perfection is not going to happen with you, or anyone else your life.

Instead of expecting perfection, let’s start looking for grace. When you do well, give thanks for the grace that was given. When you fail, turn to God and ask for more grace. With the people in your life, go ahead and lower your expectations and brace yourself for the grace they will require. When we realize how much grace we require from Jesus each day it becomes easier to give grace to others.

Every morning His mercy is new. When I think of the truckload of grace I get from God each day, it’s easy to pour grace on everyone around me. After all, I’m giving away what has been freely given. What do I have that I haven’t received?

When we live by grace, we become the kind of people that “lift instead of lean.” My prayer is that we continue to grow in grace. Let’s be the kind of people that are filled with grace from God and give it away like candy. Some people need more than others, but that’s okay—God gives us grace from His unlimited supply!

Grace to you!

Pastor Rob

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