Not So Amazing Grace — A LifeWords Devotion - Hope 103.2

Not So Amazing Grace — A LifeWords Devotion

Grace is only amazing to those who know their need of it.

By David ReayFriday 18 Feb 2022LifeWords DevotionalsDevotionsReading Time: 2 minutes

Grace is only amazing to those who know their need of it. John Newton, the former slave trader, knew how amazing it was because he was aware of his involvement in the evil trade. Anyone who knows how wretched their pattern of life might be can appreciate the wonder of being offered mercy and a fresh start. A gift they do not deserve.

So we can presume the younger brother, the prodigal son of this story, gladly accepted the grace expressed in his father’s welcome home and celebration. But it was different for the older brother. His wrongdoing was not so obvious, his shame not so public. He could not understand why his sibling was treated as he was. He didn’t deserve it, whereas he, the older one, had been a responsible son all along.

Such is the amazing nature of grace. The older brother inhabited a world where you got what you deserved: virtue was rewarded, and vices punished. That is not the world of grace. God’s acceptance of us is not due to our being decent sorts of people. It is due to his loving willingness to have us as his friends. Something Jesus made possible.

There are actually two lost sons in this familiar parable. One was a wanton rebel, the other a stay-at-home respectable rebel. In the end, only one was truly “found”. The joy of being found only comes to those who know just how lost they are.