Sunday, April 24, 2011

grace for frogs

One will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners,Christ died for us.
R o m a n s 5 : 7 - 8
“I have heard it said, “God didn’t die for frogs. So he was responding to our value as humans.” This turns grace on its head. We are worse off than frogs. They have not sinned. They have not rebelled and treated God with the contempt of being inconsequential in their lives. God did not have to die for frogs. They aren’t bad enough. We are. Our debt is so great, only a divine sacrifice could pay it.”  -John Piper, The Passion of Jesus Christ: Fifty Reasons Why He Came to Die
If we could only understand fully how depraved our human nature actually is, we would understand the immense gratitude we should have toward a loving Savior who suffered the pain we completely and wholly deserve.  In and of ourselves, there is no way we CAN or WILL ever choose Christ.  The Holy Spirit must bring us to Himself.  We are undeserving of anything at all, most notably pardon from sin.  Yet everyday, we choose to treat him like just part of our lives, not our entire lives, the giver OF our lives… 

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