Indestructible…

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!

8 Comments on “Indestructible…

  1. I, too, am in desperate need of grace. Right there with you. And I often have trouble extending it to myself. The enemy is so crafty and reminding me of faults and failures that have long since been forgiven – and under the blood. Good reminder for me this afternoon. Grateful for His wonderful grace!!

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    • Grace and more grace – so grateful He gives it to us so freely. May His peace overflow to you as you walk daily in His amazing grace!

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  2. Oh, where would I be without God’s grace? If I were God, I would have given up on me, but thankfully: ‘We come before God and He sees Jesus in us and wraps us wondrously in His love.’ Love that line! Thank you for a great reminder of God’s amazing grace.

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    • I am right there with you – I just can’t imagine doing life with no Jesus. What a Savior – blessings as you rejoice in His everlasting arms 🙂

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  3. Indestructible – great post, thank you for the reminder that God knows – we never shock Him, and His grace is sufficient in every way.

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    • He surely does know us better than we know ourselves – and because of His life laid down for us, we can rest in His grace every day. Blessings as you remember…

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  4. I’m so thankful for God’s grace in my life. I need it every day. Thanks for this beautiful reminder that it’s always available to us.

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    • Donna, that grace does abound and bring sweet peace just when we need it, doesn’t it? Hallelujah, what a mighty God we serve. Blessings as you rely on Him…

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