Moved By Grace

I am preaching at United Night tomorrow (Sunday) at Xcel Church. It’s been a while and I am really looking forward to it. This series on grace has been epic so far and the message I am going to share, is in my opinion one the simplest yet most powerful pictures of grace so far.

To be accepted for who are you, warts and all, that’s the grace that Jesus offers. When He entered the world the whole idea of grace changed. It became a person. A person who is on the lookout for people. On the lookout for you and me.

How unworthy do you feel?
How could God love me after everything I have done?
I am not good enough for Jesus?
Why would Jesus want me?

However unlikely a candidate for Jesus you consider yourself, grace does not walk past you and your life. Instead it finds you, stands in your way and offers itself to you.

When you don’t need more rules, to be told how wrong you have behaved, don’t need that finger pointed in your face telling you to sort yourself out and that when you have improved then you can come back, that’s when grace is at its very best.

Jesus is grace. He doesn’t come with a Holy tick-list to be completed. Instead He offers grace. He accepts you and has just one simple invitation. ‘Follow me’.

To be moved by a message is such an incredible thing. To be moved by a message while preparing it is something I’m not sure I have experienced for a while, maybe ever.

Grace changes everything. Grace changes me. I never had to earn it, never had to be good enough. It is a gift for me. I am accepted. Grace has saved me. Now grace empowers me to live.

Praying that the power of this series and the unpacking of the wonders of Gods grace will change at least one persons life forever.

Thankful for Gods Mercy

Ever taking time to think about what God has done for you. How amazing his love is. How much we don’t deserve it but still receive it. Ever thrown yourself at the feet of God when you know you have messed up.

Thankful that his mercies are new every morning and never run out.
Thankful that God is able to keep me clean.
Thankful that you never give up on me.
Thankful that my life does not escape your notice.

‘Generous in love – God, give grace. Huge in mercy – wipe out my bad record’. [Psalm 51:1]
‘Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life’. [Psalm 51:7]
‘I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.’

Thank you God for loving me.
Thank you God for loving me, despite my best attempts at time to test that love.
Thank you God for your unfailing love.
This is my prayer….everyday. How about you?