Like my mother wrote on Wednesday’s LivingItOut, I too, have spent a lot of years dead in my sin. I also have been saved by God’s grace and mercy. Even though I was saved a few years before she was (I was only 38! LOL), I didn’t understand for a couple more years what it meant to be saved by grace and to experience the gift of God’s incredible mercy. What a gift! And to think that he gave this to us, even when we were still in our sin because he loves us so deeply.
When I started to understand this gift of grace, everything in my life began to change. When the comprehension that this whole existence is one big, huge, epic love story finally dawned on me, I felt my heart begin to melt, and then beat stronger, and I just wanted to love back. When I believed that God had created me anew, as his masterpiece, to love him and to love others, that became the greatest gift I could ever receive. And it is all about receiving. If I don’t believe and receive, I cannot possibly live out God’s purpose for my life.
I feel like we often get so caught up in looking for that purpose when Jesus points it out so clearly in the gospels. I like the version in Matthew 22 the best because he takes it a step further:
37Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
It’s so simple! But, it certainly is not easy sometimes. If I don’t first accept the fact that God loved me enough to send his son to die for me even when I didn’t deserve it, how can I love someone else who doesn’t deserve it? I think we get stuck on this one. Someone hurt me or did me wrong, and they don’t deserve my love. Well, I sure am glad that God didn’t say that about me! I didn’t deserve it, even though I always thought of myself as a pretty good and loving person, there was a lot of sin in my life. I hurt people, I hurt myself, and nothing I ever did right could change the things I did wrong. God’s gift of grace alone set me free. I certainly realize that it isn’t a reward and I will try to never take it for granted.
When we realize that God created us to love him and to give him glory as our creator – the masterpiece pointing back to the master; and to love others, the other masterpieces – everything else falls into place. Verse 40 in Matthew chapter 22 says that all the other laws and demands of the prophets are based on this two-for-one command. If we can just get this right, everything else falls into place. This is the good work that we should do for the Lord. This is how we bring him glory and thanks for the amazing gift of grace.
Take some time to think about yourself as a masterpiece, such as Michelangelo’s David or Davinci’s Mona Lisa. What does it feel like to think of the God of the universe taking that kind of care to create you?
What can you do today to thank him for this extraordinary gift? Is there someone who you believe doesn’t deserve your love that you could choose to love anyway?
Heavenly Father, thank you for creating me anew through your Son. Thank you for showing me how to love by first loving me, even when I didn’t deserve it. Help me to bring glory to you by loving you and others the way you love me. Amen.
This post was written by Kelda Strasbourg, Kelda is a grateful member of the LivingItOut writing team. She has a love for Jesus and the desire to help others find that same love. She has her own business and a border collie named Emily.
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