I come before the throne of grace, as a child who seeks that which brings me absolutely no joy in Christ, as a child who craves the approval of those who don’t matter, as a child who works toward that which is in vain, as a child who has no genuine understanding of how short I fall in light of God’s glory. I come before the cross, recognizing that I’ve lived a life of 19 years waving the flag of my incompetence, displaying a genuine effort to follow Christ and a bunch of stumbling along the way; displaying my failures as stumbling blocks and even my successes as failures in progress. What then, do I have that I could possibly ever offer to Christ that is sufficient enough ?
I have nothing.
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. [2 Corinthians 12:9-10]
What is weakness? It is everything that comes as a result of our imperfect nature. Why do we continue to sin? Why do we continue to be disobedient? Why are we not doing more for God? Carl Lentz once wrote, “God’s grace will always cover our weaknesses, so that we have no more excuses.” Now, every reason you use to lower your standard and expectation, every reason you use as an excuse for not doing more or being more is illegitimate because the best things you can offer up to God are, in his sight, filthy rags. He doesn’t need them, nor does he want them. It is by God’s grace alone that you are breathing, God’s grace alone that you are even able to follow him, God’s grace alonethat you have everything in your life, all of which you are not worthy of. It is God’s grace alone that even though you fall short in every way possible every day, you are still here and able to look to God as Father and come before him as child.
We cannot do anything by our own will and ability that will ever be sufficient. What we can do, is look upon his cross and wholly depend upon his grace to live each and every day of our lives for the one who deserves it all. We are indeed weak and deprived, but God’s grace is and forever will be more than enough for his children.
Look upon the cross and remember. Our holy and righteous God humbly came down and gave up all the glory of heaven to sacrifice his life as a ransom for many. He conquered sin and death on the cross and gave us a hope that won’t ever fade away. Remember this and live wholeheartedly, by his grace, for him alone for he is worthy of more than anything we could ever offer.
God’s grace - More than we deserve, Greater than we can imagine.