Abundant Grace

Abundant Grace

Have you ever been a victim of a thief? I recall during my days at UK arriving to my car and seeing the driver’s side window had been pried partially open. Luckily, whoever wanted in my car left before breaking the window and getting in. Yet I was still furious at the thought of someone trying to steal from me.

I am certain many of you have had more traumatic experiences at the hands of a thief. Maybe they took something of immense value or sentiment; maybe they stole your peace of mind or an opportunity. And I am sure many feel like important parts of their life are being stolen during this pandemic.

  • Employees have lost wages.
  • Owners may lose their businesses.
  • People have lost their health, some even their lives.
  • Dreams have been shattered.
  • High school seniors have lost key experiences.
  • And on a lighter note, we all lost March Madness.

So as we consider Jesus as the door of the sheep, we can be relieved that one of the things he addresses is thieves and robbers.

“So Jesus again said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them …  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly’” (John 10:7-8, 10).

The false teachers Jesus refers to as thieves and robbers held (and still do) to this basic teaching: if you do some religious action, God will bless you in some way. They make it sound spiritual and even biblical, but this teaching actually turns our focus to ourselves and away from God. In turn, this robs us of fellowship and peace with God.

But compare this to Jesus. In contrast to being one who takes, He gives by His abundant grace. His basic message is “I have done all that is needed for you to be forgiven by God and have fellowship with Him. Trust me.”

In this time of apparent loss and stress, Jesus still gives abundant grace. Identify the biggest burden you have and take it to Jesus, clinging to this sweet promise of grace:

”Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

By Philip Jones

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