I have been reading a lot and struggling with grace. It seems like such an elementary spiritual concept that we are saved “by grace through faith,” but grace being something that I cannot earn or do yet am supposed to live daily in light of is something that I am having a hard time getting my head, heart, and life around. When I look at myself and the depths of my own sinful heart, I am overwhelmed that God would have any desire to call me His child not only that but to use me to spread His gospel. I think that living the Christian life is living in constant amazement of who God is and what He has done. This amazement led John Newton, former slave-driver turned pastor, to write one of the most well- known hymns. There is a verse of Amazing Grace that is rarely sung that I think gets to the heart of living a life wrapped around grace:
The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures.
He will my schield and portion be
as long as life endures.
This verse clearly paints a picture of us holding on to Christ as our place of safety and finding everything in Him. He has given each one of us so much through His death on the cross for our sins. Living a life wrapped around grace I think is allowing Jesus Christ to be all in all in your life. Allowing Him to not just be the eternal sin remover, but allowing Him to be your schield and portion. As your schield, Jesus is the one that you run to when life gets rough or when you are feeling overcome with temptation. If Jesus becomes our portion, He will become the sole desire of our hearts and lives. I think this is the heart of living in grace. May we all live lives of a radical surrender to the One who holds the universe in His hands and who is also wanting us to rest our lives fully in His hands.