Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Astonished by Grace

This morning, I read the prayer entitled "The Mover" in The Valley of Vision. One line caught my eye and has me captivated this morning:

"O Lord, I am astonished at the difference between my receivings and my deservings."

There it is: Essential Christianity summed up into a one sentence prayer. The is a huge difference between my deservings and my actual receivings. I deserve the full force of the wrath of God. I deserve to pay eternally for my sin in Hell. I deserve to be alienated from God. But, I have received grace in the form of justification. I have received an eternal hope of enjoyment in Heaven. I have received access to God through Jesus Christ.

The difference between my receivings and my deservings is as great as any difference imaginable.

Let us think today upon the difference between what we deserve and what Christ has purchased by His blood. And let us worship God.

1 comment:

Chase said...

Yes, That we would truly believe that eternal damnation is truly justice and what we call life, and all especially life in Christ, is a gift.