When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.
Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person,
though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
~ Romans 5: 6-8
Is anyone else undone by this reminder?
Can we even begin to wrap our minds around …
And how do we begin to respond to extravagant, radical, unimaginable, undeserved grace?
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We lead a life whose brush strokes paint pictures of mercy, compassion, and justice.
How’s that for irony? Our response to grace is justice …
Grace = Unmerited favor, receiving what is undeserved.
Justice = Giving exactly what IS deserved.
In Generous Justice, Timothy Keller quoted the sermon by a young Scottish minister, Robert McCheyne, from the nineteenth century preaching on Acts 20:35, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Now, dear Christians, some of you pray night and day to be branches of the true Vine; you pray to be made all over in the image of Christ. If so, you must be like him in giving … “Though he was rich, yet for our sakes he became poor” …
Objection 1. “My money is my own.”
Answer: Christ might have said, “My blood is my own, my life is my own” … then where should we have been?
Objection 2. “The poor are undeserving.”
Answer: Christ might have said, “They are wicked rebels … shall I lay down my life for these? I will give to the good angels.” But no, he left the ninety-nine, and came after the lost. He gave his blood for the undeserving.
Objection 3. “The poor may abuse it.”
Answer: Christ might have said the same; yea, with far greater truth. Christ knew that thousands would trample his blood under their feet; that most would despise it; that many would make it an excuse for sinning more; yet he gave his own blood.
Oh, my dear Christians! If you would be like Christ, give much, give often, give freely, to the vile and poor, the thankless and the undeserving. Christ is glorious and happy and so will you be. It is not your money I want, but your happiness. Remember his own word, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
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