Have you seen grace? Grace is missing! Grace is not a person in this case. Grace is missing from the lives of believers! Grace is missing from the church! Grace is the love of God shown to the unlovely. Grace is the peace of God shown to the restless. Grace is love extended toward a person that doesn’t deserve it. God’s grace is His unmerited favor. We live everyday by God’s grace.
It’s amazing to me that the body of Christ desires that grace be extended to them when they have gone astray but cannot extend an ounce of grace to someone else when they have fallen short.
Romans 3:23New International Version (NIV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
It’s even more amazing to me how we can take tally marks of the sins of others and have episodic amnesia when it comes to the things that we do!
God seeks men and women after his own heart; but God created us and he knows our strengths and our weaknesses! God knows our thoughts and our ways!
The church has become Apostolic bullies… We bully people into acting like, being like, thinking like us in the church; never extending grace but always sitting in the seat of judgment. Whenever someone disagrees with us, we dismiss them and cut them off! Sometimes we even go further and call them “the enemy”, “the devil”. All because they’ve done something we don’t agree with. Where’s grace?
Yes! We’ve got to stand up for something in the kingdom of God, but before you take a stand for something, why not stand for what God stands for?
And so …we, the church must purpose in our heart that while we speak the good news of Jesus Christ we must also demonstrate love for Gods people! Love them even knowing what you know! Love them, in spite of themselves. Love them because God loves them.
Back in the day in the late 80s there was a book series called “Where’s Waldo”. Waldo found himself on a journey in every book and on every page. What made this book so unique was that Waldo was always in the midst of chaos and distractions; there were even other characters that looked like him. But upon the turn of each page, you still had to find Waldo in spite of all that you saw going on. Every page was full of distractions chaos and random illustrations. Waldo was never in the same place twice. But one thing about Waldo was, you knew what he was supposed to look like, because he would have on the same thing and look the same way on every page. As you moved through the book, he became easier to find because you knew what you were looking for.
What am I saying…? There are those that God has placed you in the midst of that will always seem to attract or cause chaos and distraction in their life and the lives of those they’re around. But YOU have to remain constant and never changing; always extending grace no matter what! YOU, the believer, have to remain the same so that people can find you and when they find you, you will lead them to Him! Many are looking for someone to show them grace. Where’s grace people of God? We must extend more grace, so that God’s love can be made manifest in the lives of those that need to know Him; for those that need to find Him!
There are millennials and generation Xers that are waiting on the church to respond to the things of this world with grace! Instead, the church has one answer and that is “nope, not here you won’t” ! The scriptures remind us…
Luke 5:31 (KJV)
They that are whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
There are those crying out in their own way but the body of Christ can not hear the cries of the people because we are too busy taking praise breaks and “touching our neighbors”, and “high- fiving” that we fail to see the tears and the hurt of the onlookers. Where is grace?
I heard a pastor say recently, “the largest church in America is the church called I used to go”! Perhaps pews would be packed out in the churches across America if we could just show more grace. Where is grace in the church?
2 Corinthians 12:9 New International Version (NIV)
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
If His grace is sufficient for us, then we should likewise extend grace to others. Where’s grace when you need it? After all… Monday is still coming.
Extend grace today.