​​Better Than I Deserve

This morning, while reflecting on my weekend, I realized the Lord had been speaking to me throughout the weekend about His grace.

Saturday evening, upon greeting my son, I asked the usual, “How are you?” He replied, “Better than I deserve.”

I marveled at the depth of his words. As I pondered his response throughout the weekend, it has become very meaningful to me.

“Better than I deserve,” is the very definition of grace!

Then the Lord showed me an example of His grace while shoe shopping with my granddaughter on Sunday. I accidentally knocked over a trash can that was strangely in the center of the aisle. The trash spilled out.

There just so happened to be a man standing beside us who witnessed the incident. Immediately he bent over to pick up the trash can and the trash. He said, “I’ll get it.”

He wanted to clean up a mess I had made. He was giving me something I didn’t deserve. As I continued trying to do it myself, he kept telling me he would do it. He was very persistent.

Then this Monday morning, as I was listening to a sermon on my phone while getting dressed, I heard a message on God’s grace.

But it wasn’t until later this morning that I put everything that God had been trying to reveal to me since Saturday evening all together. I had an aha moment.

I started to laugh and then to cry as I marveled at God’s goodness to me and His faithfulness to reveal Himself to those who seek Him.

We all have been given far better than we deserve: salvation, the forgiveness of sin, eternal life.

The man in the shoe store persistently told me he would clean up a mess I had made and then proceeded to do so while I continued to try to do it myself.

We can’t earn God’s grace and we can’t pay for it. We cannot, no matter how hard we try, clean up our sin mess. It is an undeserved amazing gift.

Jesus paid for all sin, past, present, and future, for all time. The penalty for sin is death and He paid it in full. He cleaned up our mess! A mess He didn’t make.

Romans 5:18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.

Are you trying to clean up your own sin mess? Jesus has already cleaned it up. All you have to do is receive the amazing undeserved gift and all of the amenities that go with it: peace, joy, unconditional love, eternal life, abundant life, purpose, and victory.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.

Wow! You can’t beat God’s grace! There is nothing like it in the entire world. As a matter of fact, the world will never be able to offer you anything remotely close to God’s amazing grace.

What are you waiting for? Pray the prayer at the end of this blog post, mean it with all of your heart, then receive the gift of God’s grace and all that goes with it.

~Patrice Maguire

Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will through the power of Your Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

 

Thoughts from a Higher Perspective

 

Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a

new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness (II Peter 3:13).

 

There is no doubt that we live in a stressful world today. Tune in to a local newscast, and virtually every day the top news story will bring us awful news: a fire, a robbery, a murder, perhaps a political scandal.

 

Such headlines can cause despair if we’re not careful to stay focused on our salvation and what lies ahead for us as believers!

 

I have a friend who occasionally wore a T-shirt which said something like this: “Christian work: the pay ain’t much, but the retirement program is out of this world!”

 

So what will we enjoy when we get to heaven?

 

Certain things will NOT be there: no temple, no sun, no moon, no shut gates, no liars or any sin, no curse, no night, no tears, no death, no sorrow, no pain (all these are listed in Revelation 21 and 22)!

 

The Word tells us “the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4)!

 

There will be sights that will be wonderful: a pure river of water, foundations made of precious stones, the tree of life, pearly gates, renewal of relationships with those who have gone on before us, and—most of all—we “shall see His face” (Revelation 22:4; see also I John 3:2)!

 

These great truths are often pointed out to us, but (as modern advertising often emphasizes) wait, THERE’S MORE!

 

Consider these factors:

 

  1. We will be able to explore the “new heaven.” Think of the power and creativity of God in creating the earth we presently live in; now try to ponder how magnificent an entirely new universe will be! No doubt every star and planet will be beautiful, and be sure that none of them will be exactly alike!

 

  1. It is clear to many that God likes to surprise His children, much like a spouse likes to surprise a mate or a parent likes to surprise a child.

 

Because God is so creative, so powerful, and so loving, try to imagine what lies ahead!

 

In I Corinthians 13:13 we are told: “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” Because love is the greatest and eternally enduring virtue,

I am convinced that God will want to surprise us every hundred million years (hey, heaven is forever!) with a new revelation, a mind-boggling surprise, which reminds us just how much He loves us!

 

And the surprises will never end!

 

These thoughts were presented by John Rataczak, Ph.D.

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