God’s Best Idea

Grace is God’s best idea. Rather than tell us to change, he creates the change. Do we clean up so he can accept us? No, he accepts us and begins cleaning us up. Grace is God as heart surgeon, cracking open your chest, removing your heart—poisoned as it is with pride and pain—and replacing it with his own. His dream isn’t just to get you into heaven but to get heaven into you. What a difference this makes! Can’t forgive your enemy? Can’t face tomorrow? Can’t forgive your past? Christ can, and he is on the move, aggressively budging you from graceless to grace-shaped living. The gift-given giving gifts. Forgiven people forgiving people. Deep sighs of relief. Stumbles aplenty, but despair seldom.

Grace is everything Jesus. Grace lives because he does, works because he works, and matters because he matters. He placed a term limit on sin and danced a victory jig in a graveyard. To be saved by grace is to be saved by him—not by an idea, doctrine, creed, or church membership, but by Jesus himself, who will sweep into heaven anyone who so much as gives him the nod.

Not in response to a finger snap, religious chant, or a secret handshake. Grace won’t be stage-managed. I have no tips on how to get grace. Truth is, we don’t get grace. But it sure can get us. Grace hugged the stink out of the prodigal and scared the hate out of Paul and pledges to do the same in us.

If you fear you’ve written too many checks on God’s kindness account, drag regrets around like a broken bumper, huff and puff more than you delight and rest, and, most of all, if you wonder whether God can do something with the mess of your life, then grace is what you need.

Let’s make certain it happens to you.

From GRACE ©2012 by Max Lucado. Published by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights Reserved.

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Comments

  1. 2 years ago
    Donna says

    Grace is all I can rely on in this life. He is my only source. I suffer in my mind and body. Whether he heals me or not, I can rely on his grace to get me through the day.
    I love listening to Max Lucado, he has such a gentle, loving way when he speaks.

    God bless you all,
    Donna

  2. 2 years ago
    Lisa Bradway says

    Until I became a Christian three years ago, I had no idea what God’s grace was. I hadn’t accepted Christ at that time and I had no idea how God was working in my life. Thanks be to God, that has all changed. When I hear the words to America the Beautiful and we sing, “God shed his Grace on thee,” it has a totally new meaning to me now. I am grateful every day that God has given me this second chance and that he sheds his grace and love on all of us.

  3. 2 years ago
    Regenia says

    I have been reading daily devotionals of Max Lucado for years – and have all his books.
    What a blessing he is to the body of Christ.

  4. 2 years ago
    Marcy says

    I thank God for His grace and mercy and for Max Lucado and his wonderful writings!

  5. 2 years ago
    Deb says

    looking forward to hearing Max speak, was unable to travel to wof conference last year so glad it’s closer by this year. thanks!

  6. 2 years ago
    kristina says

    Thank you for this opportunity. Hope to hear Max speak.

  7. 2 years ago
    Christine says

    I praise the Lord our God every day through Jesus for His amazing, amazing Grace. I feel so blessed I want to shout at times and find myself cying with deep gratitude alot. It is God’s Grace which gives me the strength to face each day knowing He is pulling me out of the mire I created through my own sin.

  8. I sometimes wonder (and get afraid) where would I be now if it were not for God’s Grace!!

  9. 2 years ago
    Augie says

    God’s Grace compels us to love Him more and more! Thank you Father for your Grace thru our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

  10. 2 years ago
    Irma Gomez says

    God is good, all the time! Looking forward to San Antonio Women of Faith!
    By grace we receive His Salvation!

  11. 2 years ago
    Jan Geddes says

    Max Lacato is one of the first authors I read 13 years ago when I renewed my faith and started Bible study after attending a Great Banquet. I love his books.

  12. So thankful for God’s Grace!

  13. 2 years ago
    Blouch says

    Max Lucado is one of my favorite authors. So blessed!

  14. 2 years ago
    amy martin says

    Thank you Lord for Your Grace!

  15. 2 years ago
    Christi Doiron says

    I love Max Lucado’s work! His articles are always uplifting, encouraging and inspirational!

  16. 2 years ago
    Dawn Eddy says

    If we could truly grasp what God’s Grace is, our faith in Him would be stronger and our fear would turn to trust. I think too often we compare God’s grace to human grace because that’s what we “know and see”. It’s not even within logical reason for us to reduce His grace to our human understanding of it.

    His grace is faithfull and God’s faifullness is all the strength we need.

  17. 2 years ago
    Nancy says

    Grace is what we so desperately need when life does not turn out the way hoped. God’s grace can empower us to obtain a fresh start or learn to work through the pain when God has us in a specific place. It gives us the ability to forgive ourselves when we are hurting and going through hard trials.

  18. 2 years ago
    anita says

    I want you to know that my son went home to be with our Lord. Women of Faith and Max have saved me from asking why and helping me each day with the fact that it is not in my hands but with My Father. Willie is playing his wonderful Music with the greatess Angels that God has.Thank you all for helping with this loss that it was not a loss but that he just went home before me.

  19. 2 years ago
    Beth says

    Thank you God for grace!!

  20. 2 years ago
    Karen Rizzo says

    Without grace and God’s live – I am nothing. I’m thankful for these gifts everyday.

  21. I love this book…and all of Max’s book have touched, stretched, and grown me….I’m forever changed!

  22. 2 years ago
    Michelle says

    Everyday I thank God for His unconditional love, mercies, and grace.
    Although I made have made some wrong decisions throughout my life, I believe that I am right where God wants me to be. And, I am enjoying the journey.