When did we lose our wonder? When did we start seeing miracles as commonplace, and blessings as expected?
When did grace cease to be amazing to us? Since I have returned from Haiti, these questions have been running through my mind, so this is what I have concluded.
It seems to me that the church of America has grown too comfortable in its faith. We have stopped seeing God’s blessings in life, and in what He has done for us. We sit on our pews in church calmly singing about how God has saved us and forgiven us. Have we forgotten how amazing it is that He has saved us and He has forgiven us? He gave us grace that we didn’t deserve. He died for us when we spit in his face and told Him we didn’t need Him! He still loves us in spite of that! That is amazing grace! Don’t take it so lightly.
People seem to think that it would be improper or out of place to be so enthusiastic about God, and those who do are regarded as “extreme Christians”, but let me tell you something: It’s okay to get excited over something like that! Hallelujah, we have been set free! We are no longer slaves to sin, as Romans 6:6 tells us. We are a child of the One True God, who came to earth to save us and set us free. So live like you have been set free. The dead are raised, the sick are healed, demons are cast out! That’s something to get excited about.
Today, we act like all of these things are commonplace, as if we don’t even realize just how miraculous they are. God didn’t have to send Jesus to die for us, and frankly, if I was God, I don’t think I would have. Imagine creating these beings, giving them life, and giving them a free will to choose for themselves what to think, say, and do. But then, instead of thanking you for giving them life, they curse you and spit in your face. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I would send my son to die for those creations. Not after all they had done to spite me.
But you see, that’s exactly what God did. He said,” Never will I leave you nor forsake you,” (Heb. 13:5), and He came down and rescued us, and loved us in spite of what we had done. To me, that is something to rejoice over!
So, don’t continue to live life as if it is a common thing. Live life as if it is a gift you don’t deserve, but was given to you anyway; because you don’t, and it was. Live life with the passion of Christ.
Carrie Kneifel says
Amazing insight! Thank you Darrel for your wisdom and words.
Marilyn Current says
Grace, Amazing Grace! We take it far too granted.
I love your writing Darrell. You have such wisdom. It’s inspiring and eye opening. I’m using this as my focus in my own devotions today.