“And later Isaiah spoke boldly for God, saying, “I was found by people who were not looking for me. I showed myself to those who were not asking for me.”—Romans 10:20 (NLT)
The apostle Paul’s greatest desire was to know Christ above all else and to see every person believe in Jesus. To his own people, the Jewish nation, Paul pleaded most vehemently for their faith. They were chosen by God to be His people, and before the Messiah came, they were bound to the Mosaic Law.
Like most of us, they struggled to obey God. Romans 11:11 (NKJV) says, “Have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall . . . salvation has come to the Gentiles.” To prove His grace to Israel, God offered redemption to a people that were never convicted under the Law, the Gentiles. That’s most of us. He used a desperate situation to bring Himself glory and prove His mercy to Israel and a people who never knew Him.
Through Jesus Christ, God has removed the checklist to righteousness. His death was our justification. There is no longer an excuse for any nation to worship themselves, their heritage or their religious status. Righteousness was made invisible, hidden in Christ, when Jesus died on the cross.
Though the fruit of righteousness can be seen, righteousness itself cannot be measured. Not by how many times you pray, how many Bible verses you know, how many “ministries” you serve in, or how often you evangelize. Righteousness is measured in Christ’s blood. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7 NIV).
What does that mean for you? It means that God’s grace is sufficient for you. It means you are free! As you wrestle with failure, God loves you, and under the banner of Christ He calls you clean.
Just as with Israel, He continues to pursue you until the day of Christ Jesus. Accept that you cannot keep God’s grace in check and you were never meant to! His love is reckless.
Don’t let your mind keep you from living in the fullness of God’s love and mercy. As unnatural as it may feel, Christ is glorified in your weakness. And His mercy in your weakness leads you to obedience. Just as God chose you when you weren’t even seeking Him, He keeps you now and He keeps you close.
DIG: Read all of Romans 10.
DISCOVER: What if there really are no limits to God’s grace? What keeps you from believing this?
DISPLAY: Pray for faith, that God would help you win the mental battle about God’s grace. Make reminders for yourself of who God is by memorizing Scripture or writing notes around the house about His character. Measure your thoughts based on who He is and what His Word says about you.
Republished with permission from Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale.