They chose to take the path of least resistance. They chose to sin.
God’s Grace is Sufficient
The landscape that is around the heart is withering away, just like the green grass dying by the hot sun beating down with no water to moisten the soil. The branches of a tree break, no life, no root to hold onto. The death of nature.
Cold, hungry and lonely, yet tender-hearted she finds herself crippled by the rejection of the world around her. She hears, “Sinner, you are a sinner!” As she is lying on a dark street corner waiting for the light of day to break, she wonders, does anybody see her? She is a runaway, slowly dying inside, like the root of a tree branch that breaks off its foundation. It can’t be put back on the tree, she can’t be put back together. Going through the valley, all she can see herself doing is running away farther. She desires to move on in her journey toward something greater, something better, but how?
In just one moment, a hand reaches out to her and a warm smile welcomes her into this place that she has never been before. Grace. Could it be that God is seeing her struggle, could it be that God sent her an angel? Could it be that someone sees her gentle spirit? Could it be that someone actually sees her as a human being and not just a piece of flesh on the streets? Could her life be different?
“For the grace of God has been revealed, bring salvation to all people.”
“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Runaway grace doesn’t mean continue sinning and doing what you want because God will show you grace time and time again. He says in His word, “Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not!” (Romans 6:15)
When we consider the definition of the word runaway, it is defined as “a person who has run away” “a deserter.” We wouldn’t put “sin” and “run away” together normally, but I want to give you a different perspective. What if we looked at it as “absolute, complete, or perfect?”
We as Christians know in our hearts when we sin, we also know the graciousness of our heavenly Father. He forgives our sins. At some point, there is a consequence to our sin, because we have knowledge of the word of God and we know we are to run away from sin, yet choose to stay in sin.
Our runaway keeps running the wrong direction, never to look back because she has no reason, no meaning to her life, no feeling, she is rejected, her heart is dead. Until that one moment, she learned what Grace looks like. She saw the love of God in the eyes of a stranger. Her heart was changed in a brief moment by a selfless act of another. A part of her has died, for she will never return as a runaway but she will run the race with the fullness of His Grace and love, standing strong in His word.
The pouring out of Grace to others is to lift them up, guide them, encourage and show them where they lack knowledge of God’s unconditional love and grace. Trust God to equip you for moments likes this.
“All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn’t and doesn’t have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins’ hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah invites us into life – a life that goes on and on and on, world without end.” (Romans 5:20)
Sharing our own weaknesses brings Glory to God because it is His strength within us giving the ability to be vulnerable to the world. Be humble as you learn through your own journey by reaching your hand down to lift a hand up to one that may not understand, one that may feel lost, hopeless or rejected.
Jesus died for all, Runaway Grace is absolute, perfect and completely sufficient for all.
Be that one moment of Runaway Grace to a lost soul desperately searching for a way to turn toward the runaway success of eternal salvation, help them find the freedom and fullness that Gods love and grace gives.
Lovingly Serving Christ ~ Hugs and Love ❤