This past week Doug and I were served up a pretty giant helping of grace. Our car was in desperate need of some significant repairs, and the scope of work exceeded our resources. I received an email from someone I had never spoken to before, someone halfway across the country, offering to carry this burden as if it were their own.
That is a thank-you note that you don’t even know how to begin to write…
As we faxed off the invoice for the car repairs yesterday, I thought to myself, what is the right response to this kind of generosity? My first thought was this: to live a life worthy of the gift. That seemed like a good and right perspective at first, but as the day progressed, something about that seemed incorrect, or at least incomplete. It almost felt like a cheapening of what this person had done for us. Their generosity flowed from who they are, and not from some balance sheet of our goodness, so for me to try to “live up to” their gift felt twisted.
I think the best way for us to honor this person and their sacrifice is not to somehow seek to earn or deserve it after the fact, but rather to let it be what it is: a beautiful gift of the very thing we could not do for ourselves.
“the entire sixth chapter of Romans says act like God has graciously done everything necessary for your salvation and you can’t do anything to save yourself. Grace, not legalism, not works, is the great motivator of the Christian life. Every appeal in Romans 6 is based on what God has done that we cannot do, and the greatest obedience flows from the grace of God.
The reason for this is clear. Grace magnifies the giver.”