I’m laughing at myself just a little. It seems I thought, wrongly, that publishing a post I’d written weeks ago on one day and transferring my blog the next would somehow render me a blogger yet again. Not so fast, my friend. I wanted to write yesterday, really I did, but in the multitude of the day’s obligations, from teaching Bible study to running errands to taking my son to the orthodontist to watching my son’s soccer game, well, you get the picture.
But there’s blogger grace.
It’s something of a mantra among my friends and me. It began, I think, with our book club. One or the other of us hadn’t completed that month’s book selection prior to our meeting to discuss the book over breakfast at a local restaurant. We urged her to join us anyway, asserting “There’s book club grace.” We’ve repeated the exhortation to each other many times since, and in a variety of applications. There’s book club grace, yes and amen. There’s blogger grace and worn-out-mom grace, and I-don’t-think-I-can-do-this-one-more-day grace.
We laughed last night that we need to have t-shirts made, with “There’s _____ grace” emblazoned across the front, the blank representing our grace need of the moment. And why not? We surely need the reminder that whatever we require, however big our lack, how so very great our sin, there is grace. Grace that is greater. Grace that is free. Saving grace. Sustaining grace. Sufficient grace. Amazing grace.
We will celebrate Easter later this month. It occurs to me that we cannot rightly ponder the resurrection without realizing the measure of grace poured out on us through the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf. “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses,” the apostle Paul writes in his letter to the Ephesians, “according to the riches of his grace.” Riches. Of grace.
This is the gospel: God’s grace given to me in rich abundance because Jesus secured my redemption through his blood. Grace so abundant that Romans 8 reminds me that if God did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not with Him graciously give me all things? All things. With Him. Jesus is more than enough and He is able to make all grace abound to me.
So, yes, there is grace. For bloggers, for negligent book club members, for desperate sinners, for the depressed, for the weary, for the hopeless–Jesus offers grace abundant and free. Repent of your sin, cast yourself on His mercy, come near to His throne of grace. There you will find mercy and receive grace. Your need may be great but His provision is greater still.