Grace is perhaps the most underrated gift in the world. And I say that not because it is looked down upon, but because some people feel they need to stretch out their necks high enough to reach it. Just like a giraffe.
Grace is Meant for All
How often do I hear people say “I am not worthy because I am too sinful”. Such a classic example of grace being underestimated. But what is grace exactly? Let’s take a few step backs, specifically 2012 years ago… it was a dark, gloomy day in Calvary. Men were jeering, laughing, throwing ridicule at a man who was to be sentenced to death that day. A cross, perhaps weighing more than 100 kilos, was on his shoulder, being carried uphill by His poor, heavily wounded body. His tongue was all dried up from lack of anything to drink. His stamina was like that of a man who hasn’t had a meal for days. Blood was flowing down his face, out of several wounds punctured by a thorny crown barbarically placed on his head. Eventually He was going to be crucified. His already weakened body to be hung on the cross He was carrying, His last drop of strength used to breathe amid the agony of being nailed through His already painful hands and feet… The biggest irony is, this man was blameless, holy, completely righteous, and God Himself.
So then why did this man have to endure all these? From His prosecutors’ eyes, it was because He claimed to be the King of Jews (which He rightfully is and will forever be). But from His own eyes, all the suffering, pain, and humiliation were necessary to carry Him down to the most sinful of all His beloved in order to cleanse everyone along the way. Such that not one of His lost sheep will be missed, He suffered to the last drop of His own blood.
This moving story of Jesus brings forth a glorious revelation: that no sin is big enough that it cannot be washed away by the blood of Christ – the ultimate, complete, and perfect essence of God’s grace.
“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.” -1 Peter 3:18
Once for all means completely executed. Beautifully implemented without any flaw or post-event glitches. Thus no one can say that he/she is still unworthy, because that ultimately belittles Jesus’ glorious sacrifice.
Grace is Available to All
On the other hand, there are some who believe grace is for them because they deserve it. Let me rephrase that a bit. There are some who believe grace is NOT for those who do not deserve it. Did Jesus ever ask us to write a resume of our righteousness to determine whether we could receive His grace or not? Well He actually commanded the opposite of that…
“See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled” -Hebrews 12:15
He ensured that no one failed to receive His grace; in other words, that His grace is always available to everyone who asks. How awesome is that? He did this so that no one can boast in front of Him. Because, truth be told, no one truly deserves grace. But God chooses to shower us with it anyway. My heart melts at the thought of how Merciful and Just our God is.
Indeed, grace is meant for all, and available to all. Because it’s all about Love. And love commands absolutely no conditions.
May God’s grace be with all of us non-giraffes.