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Starting Over

September 11, 2012
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That is how much rain fell at Seattle’s official meteorological station just before midnight the other night. Why is that significant? We had not had measurable rain fall in Seattle for 48 days. If you are reading this in Phoenix, you think, “No big deal.” But this is Seattle. We live on jokes about rusting and growing moss on our bodies. We are known for rain!! However, I find it ironic that a long dry spell would officially end with such a ‘non-event’ as .01” of rain. If it rained that much every day from now to Christmas, we would barely make 1” total. However, rules are rules and we are now on a new series of dry days all because of .01” of rain. The official count is over and we fell short of the record by just 3 days. Even though the next week is predicted to be continued dry, we can’t undo what .01” of rain did to our record run.

How often do we let little things disqualify us spiritually? We may feel a twinge of guilt for something we said or did and suddenly Satan leads us be believe that we are unfit to carry on as disciples. We may say to ourselves something like, “No good Christian would do something like that.” Which implies that I must not be a good Christian – DISQUALIFIED. Or “No good Christian would harbor a thought like that.” Which implies that I must not be a good Christian – DISQUALIFIED. Or “No good Christian would say something like that.” Which implies that I must not be a good Christian – DISQUALIFIED.

Grace is not measured in increments. We don’t need a little grace for little sins and a lot of grace for bigger ones. The little sins will separate us from God as much as the bigger ones. The amazing good news about grace is that we are never disqualified – no matter the sin.

Even better, we don’t have to start over on our discipleship journey. Forgiveness restores us completely. We don’t have to go back and start over like a child caught taking an extra step while playing, “Red Light, Green Light.” Grace allows us to continue on the journey. A simple, sincere prayer asking for forgiveness and the separation caused by sin is undone.

A little rain ended our record run, but no sin will ever separate us from God’s love when we are under the cover of his grace.

If you are feeling DISQUALIFIED today, hear these words from Paul, “I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.” (Romans 8:38-39, The Message)

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