There is a song that has that has captured the way I have been feeling recently about grace and what it means to me. It is called “Walking On Water” by NEEDTOBREATHE and if you haven’t heard it yet I highly suggest giving it a listen. The song is pretty simple and doesn’t differ much from other songs on Christian radio but the lyrics caught my attention yesterday. The chorus goes…
“There’s no turning back
Nothing in the past
My eyes on You again
Can’t see nothing at all
But Your outstretched arms
Help me believe it
Though I falter
You got me walking on water”
Those last two lines became very meaningful to me in an instant. The definition of falter is to start to lose strength or momentum. I think that at all points in our relationship with Christ there is a moment where we start to lose strength or momentum. Each of us faces doubts, lies, discouragements, and so much more that may cause us to forget the point in pursuing a relationship with Jesus. Every believer and nonbeliever has faltered but that word doesn’t even begin to describe all that we do wrong in this world. Yet, the next line is ” You got me walking on water”. This line reminded me that even when I falter, fail, sin, or mess up beyond belief, God’s grace is bigger than it. He loves me so much that even when I do the exact thing He doesn’t want me to do He’ll still have me walking on water with Him.
Now, I know that whether you are a believer or not, you have heard this so many times. Easter wasn’t long ago, so the idea that Jesus loves YOU so much that He died for your sins is probably fresh in your mind. We talk about this love and grace so much I feel like we allow it to lose meaning. In all honesty, I sometimes allow grace to lose meaning in my own life. I reach a point where I feel so unworthy and broken that I think, “His grace has to run out sometime,” but the truth is God isn’t marking down strikes every time I stumble. He’s not keeping track of your mistakes either.
We know Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He didn’t do this so that we would be forgiven for SOME sins, He did it so we would be forgiven of ALL sins. We cannot allow ourselves to believe the lie that we’ve gone too far or that we’ve done too much wrong to be forgiven. No one deserves this forgiveness God offers us, but we are all able to receive it through His grace. This such exciting news! I have yet to find an alternative to this grace I am writing about. I can’t begin to imagine another person, place or thing that would accept me with all of my flaws and forgive and forget all of my mistakes.
I believe that to begin understanding the deep importance of God’s grace we must do three things.
- We must believe wholeheartedly that grace is powerful and ENDLESS. We need to surrender the lies that are put in front of us everyday that make us believe that we can’t be forgiven.
- The next thing we need to do is extend that same grace to those around us. When you understand God’s grace and how exciting it is you’ll want everyone to know about it! Look at those around you the way Christ would. Do not see their flaws, their mistakes, or their sin but see that they’re someone who is loved by Jesus just like you.
- The last thing we should do is the one I believe to be most important. Never become blind to the grace in your life and the grace around you. Our lives are so busy we forget to be aware. We forget to celebrate that God was gracious enough to even allow us to live the lives we do. We miss the instances when someone extends grace our way or we miss opportunities to do the same. When we ignore grace we allow it to lose meaning. It becomes lyrics in a song rather than the backbone of our lives.
His Grace is like nothing else and will always be enough no matter who you are.