Philip Yancey, in his book, What's So Amazing About Grace?, tells a story about two
people riding on a bus and one of them has a copy of Scott Peck's book The Road Less
Traveled. The conversation goes something like this:
"What are you reading?"
"A book a friend of mine gave me. She said it changed her life."
"Oh, yeah? What's it about?"
"I'm not sure. Some sort of guide for life. I haven't gotten very far yet... Here are the
chapter titles: Discipline, Love, Grace,..."
"I don't know. I haven't gotten that far yet!"
I think that is the case with a lot of us. We understand discipline and to an extent love,
but grace is a much tougher issue. We don't understand the greatest gift God has given
us - grace. We live in a society demanding strict codes of behavior and even more strict
consequences for our actions and the gift of grace gets lost in the vast sea of law.
The "I live the old-fashioned way, I earned it" approach doesn't fly for the Christian or the
church. How can we advocate a life-style which contradicts the very foundation of our
faith? Too often it is because we have not gotten that far yet. We have not taken Jesus'
actions and words seriously.
We are living in a very spiritual society. People are aware of, and focused on,
spirituality in a way that has not been seen since the Great Awakening over a century
ago. People are looking for a way in the desert of this ever-changing world. Anxiety is
as high or higher than at any time in history and people are searching for truth. We, the
church of Jesus Christ, need to be agents of grace to our hurting neighbors. We should
be looking to share grace rather than laws. In a hurting world, grace is the only thing
that can come into the picture and make us whole. Grace is the unmerited favor of God.
It is not something that is attainable or can be acquired by any means other than
through God's unfathomable love for us in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus
Christ. This is the gift we have just celebrated in Easter and is why we worship and
celebrate all through the year.
Mark Twain said the church is good in the worst sense of the word. Meaning, we are
good but not as good or responsive as we can or should be! We, unfortunately, have
not gotten that far yet! We are good, but can we be the best for the sake of and because
of Jesus and His grace? Just some thoughts...