Another thing about grace….Grace is where you discover who you were born to be
waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession…
What is our blessed hope? It’s the return of Jesus Christ.
You know it’s real hard to believe that a man like Robin Williams who has brought so much joy and laugher to the world, ended up being a man without hope. His publicist said that he had battled addiction for decades and recently was suffering from “severe depression.”
Hope is not what a lot of people have in life. And that sounds like a harsh and cruel thing to say but the Bible says that Jesus is our blessed hope – and let me just say, if someone doesn’t have Jesus… they are a person without hope.
Someone once said, “Where there is no faith in the future, there is no power in the present.” And this is the way it is for people who do not believe or trust in Jesus. Since they have no hope for a brighter tomorrow, they have very little power for today.
So let me make this perfectly clear; You and I were born to be people of hope. We were born to be recipients of grace. Sure, life can get you down, life can be hard and filled with trials, but we have hope of a better life after this life and it’s all because of God’s grace in Jesus!
And if that’s hard to hear, or hard to process I believe it’s because we were handed a lie.
It’s no wonder that you can’t make life work for you, it’s no wonder that you’re struggling, depressed, addicted, confused, it’s no wonder that you have feelings of inadequacy, and depression – it’s because you’ve been told, lied to and convinced that you can do it.
You can do it, if you just work hard enough.
It’s not true.
“Well, it’s not true for some people, but I am not your average person, I can do it.”
No, you can’t
Listen, grace is not just some nice thing you might need or could use – grace is mandatory for living, because grace is the key to hope and how can any of us love, live or function without HOPE?
James 1:15 says “…sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.”
You and I were born into sin, born into death and the lie is that we can save ourselves.
And that’s absurd, dead people can’t save themselves.
The good news of the Bible is that Jesus finds us – grace finds us – and when it does – it helps us shed the lies and our past and it helps us step forward and rediscover who we really are….