Today’s blog post was written by our office Intern from Nebraska Christian College, Nyamkuiy Banang Dei.
I remember it vividly. When I decided to say “yes” to God, He showed me all the times I could have died. He told me that His hand had always been a shield covering me and said “I’ve always been with you.” It was the first year after my cancer treatments had finished, when I was introduced to Jesus and decided to invite Him into my life. That night, October 22, 2010, I knew that His grace was a tangible force in my life, and I fell down before Him and cried.
When people ask me what my favorite book is, my answer is (of course) the Bible. Romans chapter 3, verses 23 and 24 specifically.
“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
Twenty-eight words which summarize so many truths in my life.
“For all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God…..”
The fact that we are all sinners who have fallen short of God’s glory may not be encouraging all on its own, but it is good news. Or rather, it sets the foundation for good news. It rips apart our pride and self-dependence. It postures us in need of a Savior, in need of verse 24. In need of grace.
“…and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
The truth is this: There is grace given to us by our wonderful God through His Son Jesus Christ! He died for all of (sinful!) humanity because He is love. His grace is free.
When it comes down to it, the reason why I love this passage is because it reminds me that not only have I fallen short (and need a Savior!), but my Lord has justified me through His abundant grace, which He freely gives to me as He calls me His own.
All that I can do now is to continue to turn away from the world and embrace His open arms to me. There is absolutely nothing that I have done, or can do, to deserve anything. But God. He is my Rock and my Salvation and my Cornerstone.
As chosen children of the Lord Almighty, we need to choose to die to ourselves everyday so that we can draw closer and closer to our Father who has abundant grace, mercy, patience and love for all of us who have greatly sinned and fallen short of His glory! Amen and amen!
I have been through a lot of great tragedies in my life, but all of it, because of God’s grace, comes down to this: John 12: 27-28
“Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name!”
In one of Jesus’ last prayers, He chose to use His suffering to glorify His Father. In my life, by the power of His grace, I want to do the same.