PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• The first time I read the Bible all the way through, I was overwhelmed by the book of Leviticus. It’s not an uncommon reaction. The book of Numbers is a welcome relief but even parts of it go into lists of rules and regulations for sacrifices and atonement for sin. I wondered why, in the Age of Grace, we needed these complicated lists of rules in our Bible.
After reading the Bible several times now, I have a better understanding. These lists demonstrate how inadequate we are to save ourselves.
But still, no matter how many times I’ve read these passages of Scripture, I’m left wondering—how on earth did anyone get anything else done? And I think, if I had lived back then, I’d take as many naps as possible in order to stay out of trouble.
For a girl who still regards a nap with the same disdain as a grumpy three-year-old, that says a lot.
Let’s go to Ephesians 2:8-9. These are my life verses; my favorite verses in the Bible and the inspiration for my blog’s name. These verses say, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (ESV).
As Christians, we sometimes get desensitized to what all this means. We agree that Jesus’ death on the cross was horrific and we celebrate His resurrection. We wait with hopeful anticipation for His second coming.
But in all of that, do we consider that we’ve got it easy? The Israelites had their rules and honestly, I can understand how the Pharisees ended up being so legalistic. When you’re hyper-focused on the list, you can forget to look to the Savior.
I am so thankful that we don’t live by that overwhelming list. I’m grateful that God gave us His Son to save us. I’m glad I don’t have to try to earn anything because as much as I love a to-do list, I would never be able to measure up.
Today, as you pray, ponder the gift of grace and thank God for giving it so generously to all who accept it. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be aware of the grace given to you so that you can give it to others. And in case you need this reminder—ask the Holy Spirit to help you give a little grace to yourself too.