God grades on the curve, and it always goes down before it comes up.
Grace is not just a neat thing you find out about usually later in your walk as a Christian. It is a reorienting of your whole approach to life. It’s not like we all try to become Christians for a while until we finally discover the grace of God. It’s more like we try everything spiritually — every religious self-help group we can find, every document for change we can uncover, every book or seminar we can find, until nothing works and we come up empty in our souls — bankrupt from the word go — and then we realize, it was never supposed to be that way anyway.
God is not waiting for us to pull our lives together; God is waiting for us to give up trying.
Our job as grace-inspired people is not to work, but to quit working. That’s not to say we won’t be working hard once we get it; it means we will work on an entirely different basis than we worked before. Before we worked to earn something; now we work because of discovering who we are in Christ.
Truth of the matter is, we can’t find this out any other way. Grace only comes to those who try and fail. You’ve got to go through the old covenant to get to the new one. You’ve got to feel the pressure of the law and your inability to perform it, before you can be “saved by grace.”
It’s not try and fail until you finally succeed. It’s try and fail until you realize you’ll never get there by trying. It’s only when you give up, that you get it. You fail. You get off the treadmill. You hit bottom. You surrender. Then you get it.
I was in church yesterday when I was reminded that grace is like we were all born on third base and think we hit a triple. We didn’t. We didn’t do anything. Whatever we tried to do only got in the way. Whatever we got, we got by grace. Our spiritual gifts are just that: gifts. We did nothing to earn them. We just woke up on third base, but we didn’t hit a triple. God put us there.
We think God grades on some sort of ascending scale as we seek to be better and better. But no, He grades on the curve, and the curve always goes down before it comes up.
I’d also like to believe that once we learned this secret, we don’t have to learn it again, but that isn’t true either. We have to keep learning it over and over. The old pattern of achievement-oriented success is so fully a part of who we are that it will never go away.
The Grace Curve (see chart) could be the map of my life; it could also be the map of the last 24 hours, and most likely the next 24 hours for that matter.
Will we ever learn this? Yes, but not without having to learn it again … and again … and again.
“I feel that the Catch community already serves and should continue to grow as a “City of Refuge” or, if you will, a “City of Welcome” for EVERYone.We as members need to set aside whatever pettiness, fears, or judgments that stunt both our personal growth and the Catch community’s expansion.There IS Hope for everyone beyond that which we can see.Embrace Him with all of your heart, soul, strength, and mind!”
– Bob near Seattle
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