Paul admonished Timothy to “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus,” knowing that without a profound awareness of His grace he, like the rest of us, would despair of the Christian life. (2 Timothy 2:1)
Recently, upon completing a lovely meal with friends, my host unleashed a hostile barrage of superlatives on the waitress in challenging the billing. After he had vented his spleen, the waitress graciously went over the bill, pointing out the fact that it was indeed correct.
Inwardly I could identify with my host, recollecting times I had decimated others, only to be proven wrong. The host, however is a relatively new believer, and is therefore more easily excused than I.
Without a profound awareness of His grace, both he and I would despair of the Christian life!
Just this morning I awoke in a sweat, as the air conditioning in my hotel room wasn’t working correctly. So I called down to the desk,
“No! Don‘t send the technician up to my room. The problem is in the central cooling unit!”
Soon, however, a technician gently knocked on the door, smiled, went over to the wall and adjusted the thermostat. And quietly departed.
I tell you, without a profound awareness of His grace, I would despair of the Christian life!
Certainly His grace gives us no license to sin nor an excuse for our vile behavior:
“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means!” (Romans 6:1, 2a)
But we do need to find hope in the fact that “there is no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus,” or we will, in our wretchedness despair of the Christian life. (Romans 8:1a)
In our walk with Christ, our goal is to learn how to live in His presence on a moment-by-moment basis. But until we have mastered the art, let’s keep in mind the fact that we have One who pleads our cause before the Father:
“I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have One who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” (1 John 2:1)
And that is the grace of God!