I read a verse this morning that says that God’s grace is freely given to us in the appropriate amount. This got my mind jogging (the 50 degree weather swing may have had something to do with it as well). If God’s grace is given to us, his children, then we know it cannot be earned. A gift is given with no merit involved.
So why is it given in appropriate proportions? Do some people need more grace than others? I think we should let our pasts answer that question…..however, it is true that we all need and needed that grace that is only given by Christ.
Many people think that if it was given to them then they own it. I would argue this point. I would argue that you own the portion that God graced you with to cover your past mistakes. The rest was given for you to manage. Yes manage, manage the same way we are suppose to handle God’s money. The bible supports this by telling time and time again the difficulties that come when we start to think that we OWN OUR MONEY. “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.” The greatest part about having money is helping others (whether it be through tithes or personal offerings to others).
In this mindset why do we, and I mean we, find it so difficult to give others some of the grace that God has portioned us with. I’m preaching to the choir on this one…..it is extremely hard to show grace to the idiot who cuts you off in traffic, the indecisive fool that takes 10 minutes to order his food in a FAST FOOD drive in, the unthoughtful liar of a coworker who takes glory for something you have done, etc. This world is full of people who are unworthy of grace! But here is the catcher, God freely gave it to us when we were unworthy so that we could freely give it to others!
God gives us the appropriate proportioned amount of grace so we could forgive and forget. Grace like that will precede the undeniable love of Christ that has the power to change someone’s life forever. “Forgive others so that God will forgive you.”