Y&F Day 23

31 October 2013

A DOWNPOUR OF UNENDING GRACE
(Gracious Tempest)

“So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!— is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.” Romans 8:31-39 (MSG)

Psychologists say that the desire to ‘fit in’ or ‘belong’ is a feeling that all humans experience. Of course sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we just don’t fit in to a group that we want to belong to. We are forced to face feelings of rejection and it can challenge our understanding of who and what we are. Then what?

Maybe the real questions we should be asking ourselves are more along the lines of why we want to fit into that group, and whether fitting in actually matters at all? Is it that we feel like not fitting in says something about our true value? If so, does this mean that we are allowing other people’s acceptance or rejection of us tell us who we are?

When we get a revelation of God’s acceptance, it frees us from being ruled by someone else’s words or actions toward us. Of course we all long for acceptance and belonging and that is OK, as God created us to live in community. BUT our identity does not need to be rocked by someone else’s acceptance or rejection of us. At the end of the day, the Creator of the universe accepts us and loves us… our identity is secure in Him!

Even better, God’s acceptance of us is based on Jesus’ perfection- not ours! God does not accept us because we earned it or because we deserve it. It is a free gift… a ‘downpour of unending grace.’

Remind yourself of this today:
You fit in. You belong. We all do, because God offers all of us the opportunity to belong to His family equally. By His amazing, unending grace, we are in!