Grace binds you with far stronger cords than the cords of duty or obligation can bind you. Grace is free, but when once you take it, you are bound forever to the Giver and bound to catch the spirit of the Giver. Like produces like. Grace makes you gracious, the Giver makes you give. ~ E. Stanley Jones
I’m changing my eating habits. I’m trying to be a healthier. The hardest part isn’t what I need to give up, it’s making choices. I understand the appeal of all those diet programs where they send you prepackaged meals. It’s costly, but there’s no thinking to do, no decisions to make. Follow the program. You’ll succeed because they’ll make the choices for you. Play it safe and you’ll lose!
For most of my life, Christianity was like a prepackaged meal plan. I’ve never not believed in Jesus. As far back as I can remember, I’ve believed in the God who became a man, died for my sins, rose again and will be back one day. I’ve never had any doubt about it.
When I was told I needed to be born again (pray a prayer, go to an altar, make a confession), I did. I got saved. I already believed, but I got saved anyway. As a matter of fact, I got saved quite a few times, in case it didn’t take.
And I got baptized – 3 times. Different denominations had different ideas about proper way and I always wanted to get it right.
I got saved and I got baptized. What I didn’t get was grace. I was perfect in the pews. I chose the safety of prepackaged Christianity; the program of do’s and don’ts, of duty and obligation, where I couldn’t make a mistake. There were no hard choices, just lots of good deeds and a positive attitude. I played it safe. It was so very costly.
Grace binds you with far stronger cords than the cords of duty or obligation can bind you. Grace is free, but when once you take it, you are bound forever to the Giver and bound to catch the spirit of the Giver.
When I wasn’t – when I’m not gracious – everyone loses, guaranteed. Grace makes you gracious, the Giver makes you give.
Like produces like. I finally get it. Got grace? Prove it. Give it.