Relate: “There, but for the grace of God, go I.” I have heard this quote attributed to Richard Baxter. If you do a google search you can probably find at least one source each attributing it to Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln. If there is a clever quote floating around out there, there’s a 90% chance that some meme somewhere is attributing it to one of these guys.
React: Each of Jesus’ disciples maintained the same attitude as Bradford and Paul. Jesus told them, “one of you is going to betray me.” Each disciple, in turn, asked, “Lord, is it I?” I have heard and read this fact hundreds of times but I don’t think I ever truly caught the depth of the implication. Each and every disciple realized that they had the potential in themselves to betray Jesus. They had been living with him and talking with him and learning from him for years. They were as close to Christ as anyone could be. Yet each of them knew their heart enough to ask. I would propose that the closer a person is to Jesus, the more they recognize how profound their own sin. When Isaiah saw God, the first thing he said was, “Woe is me.”
I am a sinner. But because of Your grace, I am also a saint. Help me to ever realize that the line of demarcation between the two is not nearly as wide as I might think and that it is only because of Your redeeming grace that I am saved. I thank You that You have saved me. I thank You also that Your grace has changed me. Please keep changing me because I am in need of more and more of Your grace.