“My message, unchanged for more than fifty years, is this: God loves
you unconditionally, as you are and not as you should be, because
nobody is as they should be. It is the message of grace…A grace
that pays the eager beaver who works all day long the same wages
as the grinning drunk who shows up at ten till five…A grace that
hikes up the robe and runs breakneck toward the prodigal reeking
of sin and wraps him up and decides to throw a party no ifs, ands,`
or buts…This grace is indiscriminate compassion. It works without
asking anything of us…Grace is sufficient even though we huff and
puff with all our might to try to find something or someone it cannot
cover. Grace is enough…Jesus is enough.”
― Brennan Manning, All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir
My friend Brennan was the most unassuming and slight man… kind of how Jesus is described; not standing out in any way. Always wearing jeans and shirts with patches on them… humble in appearance and demeanor.
Yet, he is the most profound man I have ever known. I have admired many men and women of the faith over the years; great preachers, expositors, leaders. But none has ever conveyed the unconditional love of God like Brennan. Nor have they described grace, or imparted grace as Brennan.
Here is the dictionary definition of grace:
“The freely given, unmerited favor and love of God. the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them. a virtue or excellence of divine origin: the Christian graces. Also called state of grace. the condition of being in God’s favor or one of the elect.”
The best way to understand grace at first, is to understand that you are not God. You are not all knowing, omnipotent, omniscient, or perfect. Therefore you are here, not by chance or whim, you are here because God saw fit to have you be here. Therefore, if you will accept it, it is freely given… even if you don’t, it’s at work in your life. (You may dispute that, not see it or believe it, but it’s there).
I continuously train myself to say: “No bad days – All is Grace” and find that gratitude makes my cup run over, no matter what comes my way. And failure is always a chance for a do-over. His grace is sufficient.
God wants us to rest in His grace, His faithfulness, His peace, His strength.
If you haven’t discovered it yet… stop striving and start walking in your purpose. You first purpose is to lay it down so you can see the grace available to you.
BH/ Source: Brennan Manning