God goes fishin'
Soul Snack 27/12 ... God goes fishin'
Have you ever pondered the power of grace?
Have you ever understood the offense of grace?
Have you ever considered the expense of grace?
In Jesus, God has put up a "Gone Fishing" sign on the religion shop. He has done the whole job in Jesus once and for all and simply invited us to believe it - to trust the bizarre, unprovable proposition that in Him, every last person on earth is already home free without a single religious exertion; no fasting till your knees fold, no prayers you have to get right or else, no standing on your head with your right thumb in your left ear and reciting the correct creed - no nothing... The entire show has been set to rights in the Mystery of Christ - even though nobody can see a single improvement. Yes its crazy. And yes, its' wild, and outrageous, and vulgar. And any God who would do such a thing is a God who has no taste. And worse of all it doesn't sell worth beans.#
Brennan Manning reflects upon the vulgarity of grace, that he such an accomplished sinner could be the pleasure of his Father - THE Father.
It is so rude that a sinner can be saved or a profligate forgiven. It wails injustice and echoes not-fair to the mind of respectable sensibility.
Yet as I gasp at my sin and grasp its rule over me I wish to enter no discussion upon the fairness of grace - I only want to bellow from my knees to the heights of the heavens - THANKYOU Father that you went fishin'.
Today's Soul Snippet:
My soul is free and my future is safe when I grasp that all is grace.
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (Jn 1:17)
# Brennan Manning with John Blase - All Is Grace (Colorado Springs, Co: DavidCCook 2011) 193. The italics are a quote Manning repeats by Fil Anderson, Breaking the rules ( Downers Grove, Il: InterVarsity, 2010) 80-81