Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Captured by Grace Devotionals Day 24


Moments of Grace: Grace for Wrecked Lives


There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:1a



Lillie Baltrip was such an excellent school bus driver that her Houston, Texas, school district nominated her for a safe-driving award.  While driving a group of her colleagues to the awards ceremony, Lillie turned a corner too sharply and flipped the bus over, sending herself and sixteen others to the hospital for treatment.  After that accident, Lillie was not given the safe-driving award.


Safety committees don’t extend grace: “No accidents” means “No accidents—period.”  Aren’t you glad that God doesn’t operate the way safety committees do?  Where would you be (where would any person be) if God said, “No sins—period!”  Well, He has said that actually.  That is why His Son, Jesus Christ, died on a cross in our place—to pay for the many sins we have committed.  And it was by the grace of God that Jesus was sent into the world to pay for our sins—past, present, and future.  The amazing thing about God’s grace is that, even though we’ve sinned, we get rewarded anyway because of what God has done for us through Christ.


Regardless of how many “wrecks” happen in our lives, there is a committee of One that extends grace to us—the crown of righteousness.



Often the nature of grace can be made plain only by describing its absence.

Flannery O’Connor


Recommended Reading: 2 Timothy 4:8

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