Grace can not be worked for, earned, or bought. Grace is undeserved yet given freely. Do you feel unworthy to receive it? That is how it is suppose to feel, because we don’t deserve it. On Christmas day my husband, Louie and I went to see the movie Les Miserable, with some friends of ours. When we were invited to accompany Brian and Tandy, I didn’t know it was a musical. I didn’t know what to expect and I honestly didn’t feel well starting out on the adventure. At dinner, before the movie, I revealed my sickness to them and they had compassion and laid hands on me to ask God to heal my migraine. Later, as the movie began, the pain subsided enough to focus on the big screen with all its wonderful glory. I was soon lost in the melody and story line of Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Ann Hathaway as they told their story of law and grace.
I couldn’t help but to see Romans chapter 7 played out as the character of Hugh Jackman struggled with giving his life over to God and leave his life of thievery. Over the course of the next scene, it was obvious that he was a changed man. Russell Crowe played the role of Javert, who was having NOTHING to do with grace; it was all law for him. No matter how much Hugh Jackman’s character, Jean Valjean, showed him grace, he could not let that kind of man be right, so he kills himself. What a statement that makes about so many people who don’t get what Jesus did for them on the cross. We all start out thinking there’s something we can do to save ourselves, and when that doesn’t work, we cry out for someone who can deliver us. Jesus Christ is the only one who can save us, change us and live in union in us. The Bible says, he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.
In Galatians 3 it says “you foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” Basically, the Bible is saying if we could live the perfect life on our own, we wouldn’t need Jesus. He would have died in vain. The truth is we cannot do anything on our own. We all come to the Lord Jesus the same way and that is broken and ready to receive Him. I believe that is why we struggle and always will struggle, so that we will let Jesus live for us, as us. Jesus isn’t about helping us; He wants to do the whole kit and caboodle. He made the whole world without our help and He doesn’t want our help now. He wants us to depend completely on Him for everything. It’s His glory and He isn’t sharing it with anyone. Amen?
There were a whole lot of great things spoken tonight by the Holy Spirit through many ministers. Billy Jo came up and talked about when a lady has a baby inside her stomach, she is protective of her belly because she knows there is a life inside. Others are also making sure she doesn’t lift anything heavy or climb on ladders. We should be so mindful of the precious Jesus Christ living in us and where we take Him.
Tammy Strader, JoAnna Mack, and Margo Levene talked about faith. “For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Is grace so great and given so freely of God, that you could not possibly receive it? A person will give grace to another when you have been given grace. That is what happened in the movie, Les Miserable, and with our Lord Jesus Christ. God is never giving up on you; He loves you beyond our comprehension. He will give you as many chances as you can count. I will never stop telling them in jail and in prison how much Jesus loves them and it’s by His grace and mercy we live. Why would we go back to works when grace is freely given?
Written by Tracey