I have an addiction to knick-knack. If you saw some of the cutsie things in my room, you would think I was a hoarder of all things knick knacks; I just can’t help myself. I walked into my room today to discover my newest thrifting find was sitting under my desk–this new find is a wooden cross that has Grace painted on it. Seeing the cross got me thinking…
As Christians, we fall in to a trap. Sometimes without even realizing it, we start to think we are better than others, especially unbelievers (Many of us are guilty of this, including myself). This starts to happen we when figuratively “lose our Grace.” Now, I am not taking about God taking His grace away from us. I am talking about when we forget we are sinners saved by grace. We forget what grace is all about. Grace is God giving us something we don’t deserve. We don’t deserve salvation nor can we ever earn our salvation–it is a gift from God. We didn’t earn our salvation because we did x, y, z but because God loved us. So how are we better than others? We aren’t, we are just blessed enough to come to know Jesus as our Savior. This should spur us on to spread the Gospel so others can have a personal relationship with Jesus as well.
Ephesians 2:8: ”For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
Imagine how silly this sounds.
- “I know I am a wretched sinner, and I know I didn’t save myself, Jesus did. But, something about me being saved just makes me a better person.”
- ”I sure hope there is enough grace for you too, but you never know. Some of us just get more grace than others. It depends on what measuring cup you use.”
- ”I think on the salvation scale, I might just be more saved than you because I helped at the church bake sale.”
- “Some people just are savable; you just have to fit the part.”
I know this is an exaggeration but it reminds us how silly it is for us to think we are better than others, including nonbelievers.
We are all sinners. Every single one of us, regardless of the sin and regardless of how many good works we have done. We are on a level playing field. God did all the work when He gave us the gift of salvation through His son–it was a gift. So, the next time you feel yourself falling into the trap of the “I am better than you because….” remember the grace God has given you. You didn’t save yourself, so don’t try and toot your own horn. Don’t just shove that grace in the corner…humble yourself and remember the wonderful gift God has given you!