But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done,
but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Tit. 3:4-7 (NIV)
Heavenly Father, these verses demonstrate why we should spend time marinating in your Word every day. What an all-out assault this passage wages against our small thoughts of you and micro grasp of your glorious gospel.
You are so much kinder than we can imagine, and a gazillion times more loving. Like Abraham, most of us weren’t seeking you when you found us. Your kindness and love appeared to us out of nowhere—sovereignly, beautifully, powerfully. Our salvation is entirely an act of mercy and grace on your part.
As surely as we had no part in our first birth, so we contributed nothing to our new birth except our need. We didn’t show any promise; you just kept your promises to redeem a family as numerous as stars, sand, and dust. We are so grateful for the mathematics of mercy.
And how generous you were, and remain, Father. You didn’t just “dribble” a little Holy Spirit on us. You poured him out on us liberally, through Jesus—copious amounts of heart-washing, whole-being renewing goodness. Now, by your grace, we have been justified freely and fully. The saints in heaven are more joyful than us, but they aren’t more secure, forgiven, and loved.
Hallelujah, “sonship,” “heir-ship,” and hope now claim the rest of our days in this world. Because the gospel is this true and this good, free us to enjoy loving, serving, and encouraging others this April Tuesday. There’s nothing left of us to prove or earn. What a gospel. What a God. What a calling. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ wonderful and merciful name.