You are running around the house all day picking up after everyone. You are tired of it! But what if it was God doing it, would He be tired of it? Would He be tired to show His grace to you?
If there was one thing that you do for others that you wish they could for themselves, what would it be?
Is it picking up toys that your little one decided to leave around?
Or wishing everyone would wash their OWN plate after eating dinner?
Or how about picking up your husband’s socks and putting them in the laundry basket because somehow, they can never make it there.
Somehow, they are only a few feet or even few inches from putting away the thing in its proper place. Just why couldn’t they put it back is a question we’ll never have an answer to.
In reality, no matter, how MANY times you tell them, they never listen.
Well, that’s my life with my husband’s socks. No matter how many times I tell him to put them away, they always end up everywhere else except, the laundry basket.
They are under the bed, under his desk, or even 2 inches away from the basket! 2 inches!
But, out of love I go and pick up his dirty socks and put them where they need to be. I may have a bit of anger in me but, out of deep pure love, I put them away in the laundry basket.
Out of deep pure love and with a bit of anger, you put away your kids’ toys. Out of deep pure love, you wash everyone’s plate even though you did all the cooking. You do it all because you love them.
God’s grace is the same way.
Out of deep pure love, God picks up our dirty laundry. We all have our faults and failures and at times we like to let them linger onto our bodies. We fall, we cry, we scrape our knees on the ground and become dirty in our spirit.
But God, who is merciful, picks us up and places us where we need to be to get clean. He does this because He truly loves us. Even when we feel like others don’t deserve to receive that extra special treatment, He gives it to us because He loves us.
In the Bible, it says we fall short of His glory but He loves us so much that we are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Rm 3:23).
It is grace through faith in Jesus Christ that saves us (Eph 2:8).
I read this over and over and I can’t seem to get over how much God loves us to give us grace through His Son, who was crucified, for our dirty sins.
He chooses you.
It doesn’t matter what you did or what you do now because, at the end of the day, God still chooses you. He doesn’t choose a part of you, He chooses ALL of you.
He chooses you because He sees something in you that you don’t see in yourself. Just like you see something in your kids, in your husband, in your other family members and friends. You see something greater in them that the toys, the dishes, the socks, don’t matter anymore.
That’s how God is with us.
God’s grace is nothing but a gift He gives to us. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. He picks up our dirty laundry when we leave it around. He doesn’t do it because He needs to, but because He loves us with a deep pure love. So the next time you find yourself picking up toys, washing dishes, or even picking up laundry, think about what God has done for you.
We ask God to fill us with His Spirit to be able to speak to others about the Gospel. But are you doing it with a gentle spirit? Check it out here -> Is Your Spirit Gentle Towards Others?