Brothers, listen! We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins. Everyone who believes in him is declared right with God—something the law of Moses could never do. (Acts 13:38-39)
Relate: I like to be generous, but I’m not a big fan of being on the receiving end of generosity. I’d rather work for my money than someone just hand it to me. I’d rather earn a promotion at work rather than getting the position because of who I know. I’d rather be respected for who I am and what I’ve learned rather than the position I hold or any letters before or after my name. Someone trying to bless me could make for an awkward moment.
React: So to be declared right with God just because I believe… there is a part of me that just doesn’t sit well with this truth. Isn’t there something I can do in the process? How can it be that I am justified before I’ve even started to attempt my own justification? Maybe if I could give more, or do more, or speak out more or… Maybe nothin. It’s done. I don’t deserve it, I never could and never will. But its done. Nothing in the Law, no effort, no work will ever settle the tab. It’s already been paid in full. I’m free. I’m forgiven.
God, I don’t deserve Your love. I don’t deserve Your grace, or Your mercy, or Your faithfulness, or Your kindness, or… Nothing I do, or say, will ever be enough to pay back what You’ve done for me. So help me not to do, and say, and work in an effort to balance the scales but rather as an overflow of gratitude. Your love for me is phenomenal. I bow in awe.