God would give up his only Son before he’d give up on you.
–Max Lucado, Six Hours One Friday
It was Max who wrote the book, “No Wonder They Call Him The Savior.”
If you haven’t read either of these books your missing some of the greatest books ever written regarding the Easter story.
Both books trumpet this message, “God would give up his only Son before he’d give up on you.”
Isn’t that the kind of Good News this hurting world needs?
God loves you so much He gave His only Son. Jesus paid the ultimate price so that you could be with Him forever. Just think of it, heaven; no more pain; no more sickness; no more grief, loss, or suffering.
The Pure Grace of God
A gift of grace means I get something I don’t deserve. It is free to me, yes, but God paid the ultimate price of sacrificial love to purchase this grace for me.
My heavenly citizenship had a huge price.
It cost God the death of His only perfect Son.
Honestly, I have never been able to wrap my mind around someone loving me that much–especially after all the times I’ve blown it, and still do!
That is pure grace–that is the Good News of the Christian faith.
I’ve been watching a lot of movies during this shutdown and I’ve just seen a great one!
McFarland, USA is a story about a cross-country running team, formed by a down and out coach, who has landed in a small farming community named McFarland, and is on his VERY last chance.
It’s a story about what can happen when you think you CAN no matter how many people are telling you YOU CAN’T.
A story about holding on to HOPE, when everything is stacked against you, and all seems hopeless.
It’s a story about SECOND WIND.
(Oh, and about… WINNING!)
When you can’t see a way…
- When you are alone and can’t see a way through?
- When it seems like you have come to the end of your rope?
- When nothing has worked and you are hemmed in on every side?
- For the Christian there is still HOPE, because there is always GRACE.
His gracious Holy Spirit (part of our inheritance for here and now) meets us at the point of our desperation and need. When we have come to the end of our strength, He breathes into our heart, His Holy Second Wind.
What is a “Second Wind” exactly?
Well, Google defines it like this:
—a person’s ability to breathe freely during exercise, after having been out of breath. “he seemed to falter halfway through the race before finding his second wind”
—a new strength or energy to continue something that is an effort. “she gained a second wind during the campaign and turned the opinion polls around”
New strength, I think that says it best.
The Holy Spirit has done this for me several times in my life.
Being a reforming workaholic, I remember well the times in my working career, I drove myself to the point of complete exhaustion. I worked so many long hours, for so many weeks and months, that suddenly I woke up one day, and I knew, I am done!
It doesn’t matter at that point what you want, or others want, your body is telling you, “No way! Not one more step!”
Are you there now?
Maybe not in body, but in spirit?
Is there so much wreckage from this shutdown that you can’t “see” a way out?
Well then, I’ve got some Good News for you:
- God sees where you are–He is called El Roi, The God Who Sees Me.
- God is a healing Father–He is called, Jehovah Rapha, The God Who Heals Me
- God has every answer you need–He is called, Jehovah Jireh, The Lord Will Provide
Whatever your need today, receive your second wind in the wonderful words of Jesus:
- His help will always be there for anyone who calls out to Him.
- He will have the last word in your situation, no matter how hopeless it looks to you right now.
GRACE WILL WIN… every time.