“Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.” Romans 3:24-26 (The Message Bible)
The generous pure gift of Jesus Christ gets us out of the messes we create and restores us until the next time we sin.
One would have to wonder, “How many times can we receive a gift we don’t deserve?” In verse 27, Paul wrote, “God does not respond to what we do; we respond to what God does.”
Knowing that I respond to God, means that God is in the driver’s seat of that truck that was speeding down a steep hill in yesterday’s blog. I am the strong-willed passenger that tries to take over with gestures of turning the steering wheel, slamming my foot down on an imaginary brake, or putting the turning signal on where and whenever I want to get off. None of this fazes God!
Perhaps now and then I need to take an imaginary ride with God in a big semi-truck on a narrow road in the mountains, with hairpin curves and steep grades, to remind me that I prefer to let God do the driving.
God, remind me that I am a passenger in my faith journey. Amen.