It’s me again. First of all, I think I should start out by confessing that I’ve been slacking on the blog. I have had really good intentions; however, it hasn’t happened. My last post I talked about my pregnancy, which was the first time on the blog. While the pregnancy has been a fairly smooth one (thank God!), I don’t have the energy to do all that I usually do. I’m sorry.
I’ve been feeling God laying it on my heart to write about grace. Usually I make some connection with something in my life to faith. It would be easy for me to write about how much grace my husband has given me throughout this pregnancy (Seriously, you should have seen the kitchen this morning!). It would be easy for me to write about all sorts of instances in my life, when people have shown more grace than I deserve.
What those examples would miss is the magnitude of God’s grace. God’s grace is everything that He gives to us that we don’t deserve. In my mind that’s pretty much everything. Everything that God gives to me and to everyone else is grace. So as we have started this season in preparation for Christmas, the most obvious gift that God has given to us is Jesus. Through this gift we have a relationship with God. It’s not anything that we have done that has earned the grace.
Now, I hope this doesn’t come as a shock, but I am not perfect. Ok. There. I said it. No matter how hard I try to live as God wants me to live, I cannot live to His standard. But that just shows me how much God loves me and
reminds me of His wonderful grace.
Here’s where the rubber meets the road: I want to show others God’s grace. Even if it’s really hard. I cannot give them the gift of Jesus (only God does that), but I can give them love during the difficult times. So as you’re wrapping presents or decorating the tree, think about one way to show God’s grace to someone you know.
This is written by Kathleen Blackey, follower of Jesus and co-pastor at First Baptist Church.