I’ll have The Moody with a Side of Grace, Please.
“For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:19-21 (ESV)
I recently discovered this 90-page nugget amongst my Bible software. I started browsing through the downloaded books that I have accumulated through this software because quite frankly they were free with the purchase of this particular Bible software. It isn’t the first time I have come across something in this software that had proven itself valuable. I only paid twenty dollars for it because it really was just a starter program. You do have to pay for upgrades and I’ve done that but let’s get back to what I found…
I have been blessed with the privilege of having the pulpit on an upcoming Sunday morning and I prayerful thought through what my message would be. I said, the need for salvation, and God said grace. Grace? Not too argue with The Almighty but…grace? Not exactly pulpit thumping stuff but grace it is. So I begin with Romans 5 and go looking through the software for something by way of commentary. That’s when I came across something written by D.L. Moody titled, “Sovereign Grace: Its Source, Its Nature and Its Effects.” I was struck by what I read and then Googled him and found this out about him.
When he turned 17 he found work in his uncle’s shoe store. One of his uncle’s requirements for employment was that Moody attend church. Moody accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior in his uncle’s shoe store. A Sunday school teacher would say this of him, “I can truly say, and in saying it I magnify the infinite grace of God as bestowed upon him, that I have seen few persons whose minds were spiritually darker than was his when he came into my Sunday School class; and I think that the committee of the Mount Vernon Church seldom met an applicant for membership more unlikely ever to become a Christian of clear and decided views of Gospel truth, still less to fill any extended sphere of public usefulness.”
The statement that hit home for me is found in chapter 5 of Moody’s book, “Life never came through the law, as someone has observed. When the law was given, three thousand men lost life; but when grace and truth came at Pentecost, three thousand obtained life. Under the law, if a man became a drunkard the magistrates would take him out and stone him to death. When the prodigal came home, grace met him and embraced him. Law says, Stone him! – Grace says, Embrace him! Law says, Smite him! – Grace says, Kiss him! Law went after him, and bound him; grace said, loose him and let him go! Law tells me how crooked I am; grace comes and makes me straight.”
What’s funny is that chapter is titled “Law and Grace”. It’s that Law stuff that made preachers pound a pulpit at one time isn’t it? It’s those “Thou shalt not’s” that really season’s the message with pepper and not salt. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t pepper it up either but I am finding out that this grace stuff comes with salt shaker. We can say what we shouldn’t be doing as Kingdom citizens by showing what we need to do as Kingdom citizens instead. While the world may scream for vengeance, we need to show the grace and mercy bestowed upon us by showing it to others. Amen? – Chris Hughes is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and blogs weekly on Freedom Fighter
Quote of the day: “There are many Christians who practically limit the grace of God. It is like a river flowing by; and we can have all we need: but if we do not come and get a continual supply, we cannot give it out to others.”— Dwight Lyman Moody
Verse to Memorize: He will not let your foot be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:3-4