By Pastor Bobby Schuller
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Brendon Manning, the great spiritual thinker and author, said something that has always stuck with me since I first read it years ago. I hope you’ll forgive me if it’s offensive, but he said:
“Because salvation is by grace through faith, I believe that among the countless number of people standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palms in their hands, I shall see the prostitute from the Kit-Kat Ranch in Carson City, Nevada, who tearfully told me that she could find no other employment to support her two-year-old son. I shall see the woman who had an abortion and is haunted by guilt and remorse, but did the best she could to face it with grueling alternatives. The deathbed convert whom for decades had his cake and ate it too, and broke every law of God and man, wallowed in lust, and raped the earth. But how, we ask? Then the voice says, ‘They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.’ There they are, there we are, the multitude who so wanted to be faithful, who at times got defeated, soiled by life and bested by trials, wearing the bloodied garments of life’s tribulations, but through it all, clung to the faith. My friends, if this is not good news to you, you have never understood the gospel of grace.”
Amen to that.
Prayer: Dear Lord, you know my actions, you know my circumstances, you know my heart. Thank you, Lord, for your grace through my successes and my failures. When I fall down, you pick me up with your strong and loving arms of grace. Amen.
Reflection: When have you felt God’s grace in your life?