Every Sunday as the church gathers, people come full of smile for the most. Some of these smiles are legit. Happy faces, happy people, real happy people. If life is a landscape of mountains and valleys, these happy people are camping out in the Himalayas.
But for some people, the smile is more of a mask. Being a minister, I’ve met some of those
smiles masks and have been invited in when it was removed. What has been hidden is the shame and weeping under the weight of past sin. Unfortunately, some of these people have never really heard about God’s grace.
So here is an idea. People still need to hear of God’s grace.
You need to hear of God’s grace.
I need to hear of God’s grace.
We all still need to hear that…
“…at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
– Romans 5:6-8
Let this grace of God be preached and let it be taught. When people gets this, they get it: While we were still powerless sinners, God loved us and Christ died for us!
This is as true as the line from the hymn It Is Well, with My Soul that we sing:
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
This is why Paul says that we can “rejoice in the hope of God’s glory” and “rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom 5:2, 11, NET).
But to rejoice, we must truly hear this grace of God and believe it. I don’t mean hear it and agree with it. Intellectual agreement is nice but believing comes from the heart.
When the grace of God gets you in the heart, then you can hear it, believe it, and rejoice in it.