Grace: Be All You Can Be

“Grace is given to heal the spiritually sick, not to decorate spiritual heroes”

Martin Luther

There exists a mentality among Christian believers where our faith grants us a plethora of nice things.  This concept tells us that material possessions are a sign of favor.  If we just have enough faith, we will live in a land of wonder and grace and blessings.

Doing missions work in a very poor town in Mexico, I was horrified to find this twist.  (I had thought that it wouldn’t really work among the desperate.)  But an especially virulent type was working in the hearts of my brothers and sisters.  They grabbed this idea that since they followed God that soon they could count on special favors from Him.  (Like a car, electricity, running water.)

From their cardboard shacks, they would generate a special favor from the Lord.  Some believers over time, began to see that grace was not a reward, and material blessings could not be manipulated in this way.  God’s grace would not make them wealthy.

Somehow, we can get confused and believe that if we jump through the right hoops God is obligated to give us our desires.  But you can not use him in this way; grace is given to us to heal us.  It is a gift, and it will always be a gift.  We don’t deserve it, we don’t earn it for having enough faith.  Grace isn’t supposed to be like this, rather it’s more like an I.V. to a dying man.  It is dialysis to the woman with kidney failure.

The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?”  Jeremiah 17:9, ESV

Grace comes to us because we are so very sick. We are deeply affected by our spiritual disease.  We should think, rather than see it as a reward, it is treatment for what has deeply sickened us.

Just thinking out loud here.  I hope I haven’t offended.

Published by Pastor Bryan Lowe

A repentant rascal with definite issues, but who is seeking to be authentic in his faith to Jesus Christ. An avid reader and a hopeful writer. Husband and father. A pastor and Bible teacher. A brain tumor survivor. Diagnosed with clinical depression, and now disabled. Enjoys life, such as it is, in Alask.a (Actually I have it pretty good.)

2 thoughts on “Grace: Be All You Can Be

  1. Nothing to be offended by. I think that I thought that too, along the way. That if I didn’t have much it meant I didn’t have much of Him in my life. Thank you for setting the record straight.


  2. Beautiful. I have become so disillusioned with the mentality you speak of…one I bought into and lived to regret. What you say rings more true, and a lesson I have embraced since becoming “broken” myself.

    I tweeted and Facebooked this. Thank you.


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