“I’m in a hurry.” I’ve probably spoken those words about 100 times over the last 2 months. I’m not proud of it, but it’s true. I don’t want to be in a hurry, but it just happens. My body just seems to continue to pick up momentum and speed with each and every step. I feel like I’m on an airport people mover and I’m late for my flight. As a result, even simple tasks become increasingly difficult. Have you ever tried to open your car door when it’s really cold outside? Your hands are freezing. You can feel your nose hairs start to harden as traces of protective mucous freeze to the brittle follicles. It’s cold and every muscle in your body is on a mission; to get the right key into the tiny slot built into the sheet metal of your faithful rust bucket. It never fails, I always drop my keys. Things just get more complicated when the clock is ticking. Tasks, simple tasks, become insurmountable summits never to be reached, no, never to be found. Take my wallet for instance. It’s always in my back pocket, just not when I’m in a hurry. Then, all of the sudden it’s on my night stand, on the back of the toilet, next to the phone in the kitchen, heck it could be buried with Jimmy Hoffa for all I know, but it sure ain’t in my pocket, because I’m in a hurry!
I was reading through Hebrews today and I came across Hebrews 12:15. It starts off by saying, “See to it that no one misses the grace of God…” My first thought was, “That’s ridiculous! How could you miss something so obvious?” Then I realized that up until about 15 minutes ago I was certain that my car keys had vanished with the Ark of the Covenant. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that are easiest to miss. Take hiking for example. Wild flowers, walking sticks, and tree frogs can all just fade into the background of green and brown as you make your way down the trail. They’re easy to miss. So is grace.
It really should be simple – – God’s unconditional love, not based upon our behavior, not even on our performance. He loves us. It’s that simple. The God of the Universe loves you and me. He isn’t trying to condemn us, destroy us, smite us with small pox, or even ignore us. He loves us. It’s so simple. And all we have to do is slow down long enough to realize that we need Him. “See to it that no one misses the grace of God…” Don’t miss this. Don’t rush by it. Don’t get lost in all the religious hoopla and lose sight of the greatest biblical truth that has ever been revealed. You are saved by grace. You are accepted by grace and God relates to you by grace. Our sin might change how we think about Him, but it doesn’t for one second effect how He feels about us. This might be news for some of the self righteous saints out there, but God doesn’t get impressed with any of us. In fact the only thing that impresses Him is faith. Now don’t miss this…I said faith and not behavior or performance. Check out James 2:14 26 sometime and see who’s honored there; a liar and a prostitute. My guess is that you can locate yourself somewhere between those two. Read verses 23 24, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.” Man we have messed this passage up. How many times have I heard the message preached that if you really believe in God, then your behavior will show it. You won’t smoke, drink, cuss, and on and on the list goes. I’m not saying those things are the best choices, but I’m saying that they weren’t the “what he does” that James was writing about. He was simply saying if you believe God and trust His word, then you’ll do what He says. Take the example of Rahab the prostitute. The Israelite spies came to her sent from God and promised her that if she would give them lodging and help them escape, then they would see to it that she and her family would be saved from the coming battle. She believed them, and consequently believed God, and she obeyed them by placing a scarlet cord in her window as a sign of her faith. God’s grace is the same today.
“See to it that no one misses the grace of God…” Rahab didn’t miss the grace of God, not because she did or didn’t give up prostitution, but because she acted in response to what she believed. What do you believe? Do you believe God loves you? Then act on that belief and give Him your life. Do you believe that God has forgiven you? Then act on it and stop trying to place yourself on the cross every time you make a mistake. He paid the price so you don’t have to. Do you believe in miracles? Then “pick up your mat and walk”, Jesus proclaims. Do you believe in God’s grace? Then slow down enough to “see to it” that you don’t walk right by the greatest gift ever given unconditional love, not based upon what we’ve done or will do, but based upon what Jesus already did for us. Whatever you do, don’t miss it! It’s far too precious to overlook.