Doesn’t take long for toddlers (ages one and three you know who you are) to show how easily something can be…well let’s just say not how it looked prior to their curious hands.
Because I value the smiles and trust and love and fun of little boys more than I do things and a perfect house, we’ve become pretty kid-proof around here. There’s a few things that are no-no’s, but when they prove irresistible, I sigh and move on.
I’m thinking Jesus does that a lot with us. It was no surprise to God when Eve could not resist. Would it have been eternally better had she said no to self? Of course, but the great news is, God had a plan before Adam or Eve inhaled their first breath. An indestructible plan. “But God has shown us how much He loves us – it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us!” (Romans 5:8 GNT)
Sometimes we get bogged down in our failures, our shortcomings. Especially when we think we’ve moved on, won’t happen again, learned those lessons. Though we are short on grace for others, often for ourselves we have none.
Thankfully for us, only God’s grace matters. Speaking of our failures and shortcomings, Ruth Chou Simons put it this way: “They keep us tethered to the humbling reality that in order to receive the grace of God, we must begin by believing we are in desperate need of it.”
That’s just it: receiving it. Do we read our Bibles or listen to worship music or go to church and think the grace extended by Jesus is for everyone else? Either due our arrogance or our pity-party?
Don’t know about you, but yes, I am in desperate need of grace – sometimes moment to moment. (My judgmental thoughts, my quick assumptions.) Yet, even a whole day of ranting on about my grand ideas doesn’t change Christ’s eternal love and forgiveness for me – or you.
“One who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.” (Hebrews 7:16 NIV) What was the role of a priest? (Notice we are talking past tense, before Jesus lived and died for us.) It was to spill the blood of a perfect lamb, beg forgiveness for his own sins, and then for that of the people. But that process had to be repeated over and over. For the priest and the people never stopped sinning.
So, we needed a Savior. A perfect life. One that would lay down His perfect life for ours – once and for all. Jesus left God’s side and did just that. Now earthly priests are no longer needed. We come before God and He sees Jesus in us and wraps us wondrously in His love. Indestructible!
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