Being a kid is all about learning to bide time, proving just how unnatural it is to delay gratification. – Kelly Corrigan, Glitter and Glue
Many years ago, I was a pastor who hadn’t gotten to grace yet. I’m not the only one – many believers, pastors included, haven’t experienced God’s grace. And yet in His grace, God continues to pursue us.
Pain trains; and during a painful season, God opened my eyes to grace. Everything changed: I saw Jesus differently, taught differently, and interacted with my church family differently as we walked together on this pilgrimage of faith.
I found grace, and so I teach grace. Why? Because I’m seeing to it that no one misses it – not one single person. One could even say the purpose of every believer is to “see to it that no one falls short of the grace of God…” (Hebrews 12:15).
To do that, we must first understand why someone might turn down grace.
Hebrews tells us the desire for instant gratification is an enemy of grace, and Esau is used as an example.
See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau…. (Hebrews 12:16)
Now, nothing in Scripture implies that Esau was sexually immoral, but Jewish and extrabiblical writings considered him to be sexually suspect. That said, the main point is that Esau was considered godless, or outside of God’s family. For a single meal, he sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Why? His stomach was rumbling.
Hunger for many things permeates the human condition. Some desire success, financial security, or sexual gratification. But in all of these desires, a trade is made: an inheritance is exchanged for gratification now.
And so just like Esau, we trade what’s been promised for what’s right in front of us.
When we desire something more than we desire Christ, or when we fear Jesus might ask us to give up something to follow Him, we are at risk of missing the grace of God.
Hebrews says: Don’t miss it! Grace is the main thing!
Jesus, what am I afraid to lose? What do I tightly cling to other than You? If I’ve chosen You already, then give me the courage to place You and grace first. If I’m still on the edge looking in, give me the boldness to jump into grace headfirst! Amen.
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