Romans 5:15 Yet the rescuing gift is not exactly parallel to the death-dealing sin. If one man’s sin put crowds of people at the dead-end abyss of separation from God, just think what God’s gift poured through one man, Jesus Christ, will do!
God has this way of getting to me in different settings. This morning I passed the TV and their was Beth Moore. I stopped and took it all in. Currently Rhonda and I are both sharing a common storm. Our shoes don’t fit. In an attempt to save a few bucks Rhonda put off buying some tennis shoes and her current pair broke down in the heel. The result was a nasty blister. I haven’t had shoes on my feet since Nov of last year. Nothing fits because of the swelling and diabetic issues. So how do these two events tie us to Beth Moore? More important how does this tie us to our relationship with God.
Beth Moore was teaching us about how we determine our measure of Grace with others. Do we blame others in sin and say, “you got it coming, if the shoes fit wear it.” What measure do we use before we keep from reaching out in prayer to the individual or family.
Beth sheds some light on this event: she says, “you will go to the limits of your own personal sin. Without God we only give Grace to a meausure. That measure is our past sin. Personally, I’ve been married more than once. Currently with Rhonda we are doing number 25 in a few days. Finally the two of us grew up and found each other and God.
The truth is if I’m helping another couple and they declare they are unworthy because they have screwed up their marriage I can give more grace than someone else. More importantly I can go to God and increase that measure. Romans 5:15 points out that God’s rescuing gift is not the same as the death dealing sin.
I stood in the store the other day wishing they had a size 14. Rhonda’s shoe problem will get fixed today with alittle shopping. Mine, well more prayer is in order. I have not given up on my getting new shoes and walking again. I can’t tell you when my “shall have,” will arrive but I can tell you it’s coming.
Today we will walk it out by Grace and Love. We believe that God is our healer and our new shoes are on the way.