Commercials grab our attention with limited time offers. Credits cards give borrowers a limited amount of time before a payment is considered past due. Employers allot a limited number for tardiness before paychecks are docked. Patients who fail to show up for appointments in a timely manner are registered as a no call, no show. The world runs on time consciousness. We try to squeeze in as much as possible with so little time. Constraints on time leave no room for grace. Have we become a graceless nation?
Grace is a word that we hear repeated often in Christian communities. What is this grace? Grace is God’s unmerited favor towards us. Even when our sins demand punishment, grace is applied. As child, I would overhear some of the elders of the church talking about how “sister so-in-so” always at the altar for the same sin. It led me to fear that even God could grow tired of our continual propensity to fall into sin, and grace could run out. I would picture God in Heaven holding this giant whiteboard displaying tally marks of every sin committed. Once the board was filled, that signaled all grace periods had ended.
As a sinner saved by grace, I required a daily dose of grace in order to stand. Should I be worried that one day God will grow weary with me…my cup of grace depleted? I read in the Bible the Apostle Paul’s story where he asked God thrice to remove a thorn from his side. God’s answer to Paul was, “My grace is sufficient for thee” (2 Cor. 12:9). If grace flows like the sand in the hourglass, then time lived on this planet exhausts the supply. Living on limited grace could be dangerous both spiritually and physically.
But, thank God for Jesus! The book of Romans reminds us, “It is through the death of Jesus that we have received an abundance of grace” (Rom. 5:17). Grace is not rationed or restrained. “For where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Rom. 5:20). God’s grace knows no boundaries. We are able “to come boldly to the throne of grace and obtain mercy in our time of need” (Heb. 4:16). The Christian singer named Plumb has a wonderful, heartfelt song regarding grace, called Need You Now. A few words from the chorus of the song:
I am quite sure we can all relate to these words. They resonate deep within our hearts. God never gives up on us. His love is never ending. His grace is limitless. It knows no boundaries. He is all that we will ever need…Amen!
Written by Laura Alexander