Me and Grace: Is There Any Chance They Go Together?
Yesterday, I posted about Joe Paterno, and I wrestled out loud about whether or not he deserves a second chance and about whether or not he deserves grace. There was really an interesting discussion that happened through the comments of the blog. As I thought more about the issue, the post, and the comments, I kept coming back to the same thing: What about grace and me? Do they go together?
I’m not in the national spotlight like Joe Paterno. I haven’t been involved in something so devastating and dark. But here’s the deal. When it comes to God’s holiness, I fall way short of the mark. I sin. My thoughts aren’t always the best and neither are my actions. I wrong others and God through my attitudes, my lack of response, and my general failures to get it right. So if I’m honest, I have to ask if there’s grace for me? Just like Joe Paterno, I need grace.
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
Do I deserve grace? Does Joe Paterno deserve grace? I think the answer is actually no. Grace is not earned or deserved. Grace is given. It’s an undeserved gift. So when I ask the question “does Joe Paterno or Jon Stolpe deserve grace?” what I’m really trying to say is “would you be willing to give me (or Joe) a second chance despite my failings?”
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
So what about you? How does grace fit into your story? Have you ever received grace from someone? Have you had the chance to give someone a second chance?