Where would I be? What would I have done? Who would I have become?
I’m sure we’re all familiar with examining our life in this respect. If NOT for the grace of God (fill in your own blanks). While I am no theologian, I wonder if we really have a true concept of the grace of God.
Some preachers will use the term “hyper-grace” to categorize those marginalized believers who have somehow exhausted our finite understanding of grace. We (I’m not casting any stones here) tend to focus — as the Pharisees — on the legality of the commandments of God. No amount of penance can be made for those people who continually attempt to use the grace of God to satisfy their carnal desires. We are told as much.
What if? What if God’s grace is given in its greatest expression for people just like this? What if God wrestle’s with these sinners hearts longer than “ours” because that’s exactly what was required? Surely God will not contend with Man forever. But has that hour come yet? Has He come, as He promised, in the twinkling of an eye, as a thief in the night? Of course not! Since we are still awaiting His return, why not dispense with our vain attempts at quantifying something which is beyond our ability to measure. God’s grace is meted out “as needed” to reveal His glory and everlasting love toward us. What was needed for you may not have worked for me and vice versa.
Those for whom no amount of evidence of God’s grace and His great love for mankind will lead them down the road to repentance and salvation have had their fates sealed by their hardened hearts. Let’s not harden ours by looking down on our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ with a suspicious eye of judgment. The very grace that allowed us to be late for work that morning and miss having our lives on earth ended by a traffic accident. The very grace that was extended to us in our deepest despair and lifted us from the grasp of depression when we wanted to end our life, the very same gift God had given us to enjoy. The very grace that met us in prison and showed us God’s love for us in His son’s redeeming sacrifice on our behalf.
No “amount” of Grace is too much. It’s simply AMAZING!!!