Saturday, October 8, 2016

Covered In Grace

Not that long ago I wrote a story about how we humans tend to SEE things but we don't really OBSERVE or PERCEIVE like we should. We can be guilty of this without really knowing it. Like ME, for example.

The company I work for is putting an addition onto our building. It's fun watching the building going up and to actually see the fruits of our labor. We drew the plans for the project and now, there it is. We're observing it being built, right before our very eyes.

You've had a little time to look at the opening picture for this story. Tell me, what did you see? Take a close look now. Specifically, take a look at the roof. Do you see anything worthy of a story for this blog? Perhaps if I zoomed in a little you will be able to see it.

The underlayment for the yet-to-be-installed shingles is made by a company named "Grace." Our office building is literally covered with Grace!!! I can't make this stuff up. It's just too unbelievable.

Our lives are covered with grace too. Just like Grace roofing underlayment protects our new office from ice and rain damage, God's grace and mercy protect us from the coming wrath and the just penalty for those who refuse to believe and are found dead in their sins.

The roof of our new addition is a visible reminder of God's love for each of us. He covers us with His grace as we grow and mature in our faith.

The building below the roof was raw and unfinished when the Grace went on the roof, but now the building has windows, electrical and plumbing inside it. The walls will soon be finished and painted, the exterior will receive brick and finish metal trim. The building will be made beautiful - all under Grace. And so it is with us.

Our sanctification is a life-long process under God's grace. He continues to teach us and instruct us as we slowly become "finished" in God's eyes. God is transforming us into the image of His Son - Jesus. And it is by God's grace that we "covered" and it was the sacrifice of Jesus that paid the price.

"20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. 21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe." - Romans 3:20-22

We would be lost . . . but for the grace of God.

But for The Grace of God - Keith Urban

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