Thursday, April 15, 2010

Amazing Grace

Are you saved? That question makes me laugh now. Laugh at the fool I was.
I remember around 10 years ago, we were to start home schooling. As it would be, the only home school group I was at all familiar with was a Christian group. (yep, there is a story there too, maybe later) I was not a believer at that time.
The first event we went to was a picnic, I went prepared! I just knew all those pushy Christians were going to ask me "Are you saved?"
To  which I was going to reply- "From what?" or "Just what makes you think I need saving?"
Really....teeth clenched, I was ready.
NO one asked.

    Saved implies lost and I sure didn't think I was lost. My life was fine thank you.

Sure....I believed in "god".  Ya know, like goodness, the things that weren't bad. Some type of power. 
I even believed the "good" in man was god.  uhg!
James 2:19
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that- and shudder.

  The demons were ahead of me, they knew God, THE God. Like me they did not want to be told what they needed or lacked or what God told them to do, so they didn't follow him. They followed their own will, destined for hell.
Yet they shudder- tremble. They know what awaits them.
I was too arrogant to shudder.

I was lost. Lost to sin.
Lost to self. 
Lost to anger, unforgiveness.

                  Amazing Grace   how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.
                     I once was lost , but now am found
                    Was blind but now I see.

Grace found me. God's grace. THE God. The very God I shunned, the God I thought I didn't need.

 When Saul, (Paul) was saved on the road to Damascus,(Acts 26) Christ told him he would make him a minister of the good news. God would rescue Paul and send him to non believers to.....

open their eyes
to turn them from darkness to light
from the power of  Satan to God

so that they may receive.....
forgiveness of sins
an inheritance 

Those who are saved by God are kept by God, for eternity. Forgiven, loved, accepted, renewed.
God's grace is rebirth, revelation of his truth.
It is completely from him and him alone. 
It comes to those who do not deserve it
  who do not seek it
  and who can not earn it.
Without God's grace we are destined to serve sin and under the power of Satan.
I was lost and I needed to be saved. It is a good thing God didn't wait for me to get comfortable with who he was before he saved me or wait for me to figure out I needed him. That would never have happened.
God saves those who do not know they are lost.


  1. Shannon, Oh, I love this post. What a beautiful and tender way you presented "The Way". I am saved by Grace, and eternally changed. It brings me to tears of gratitude. Thank you for this wonderul, wonderful post.
    I am a new follower!
    God bless you!

  2. Your post was a blessing to me. I am thankful for people who share the gifts they have and use them to share God's word.

  3. I just happen on your blog but you know with God, there are not "Just Happens", He leads people. I found your blog, I am a new follower. Thank you for your post, I will be back many times.

  4. Shannon....your blog keeps blessing me over and over!!! thank you!!!