by Pastor Mark Jordan

“Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be—you get a fresh start, your slate’s wiped clean. Count yourself lucky—God holds nothing against you and you’re holding nothing back from him.” (Psalm 32:1-2, MSG)

Happy Saint Patty’s Day! Do you feel lucky? Do you?

Some people struggle with the notion of luck. I guess I can be counted in their number. I look back at my life and see times I have undoubtedly been “lucky” to be at the right place at the right time. Conversely, there are also plenty of times I wish I had better luck. And even worse, there are times I resent people for their “luck.” I guess that reveals a dark part of human nature I share with many, that we can get insanely jealous when we see someone enjoying something we think we deserve.

This week we’ve explored how God gives you His grace for the sake of salvation, but it’s something you can’t earn and don’t deserve. When we read today’s passage from The Message version, we see how Psalm 32 indicates you should feel happy and lucky to have your slate wiped clean so you can have a fresh start. But is this luck? No, it’s grace. The intent behind the Psalm, isn’t to indicate that grace and salvation is for the select and lucky few, but the exuberant reaction of one who receives something seemingly out of nowhere.

God’s offer of salvation is a free gift available for you and everyone. God wants you to cherish this gift, and choose to live your life holding nothing back from Him. This reminds me of a time I won a door prize at a golf tournament. For me to say I’m a bad golfer is essentially to insult anyone who has ever swung a club. In this tournament, however, I won a $100 gift certificate to the golf course’s pro shop, enabling me to get some swag to improve my game, or at least improve my look while attempting to play the game. I did consider myself lucky! I didn’t just buy a soda or pack of gum feeling like I didn’t deserve to be in the pro shop or buying some new golf clothes, but I made sure I spent every penny of that gift card. I didn’t want to leave anything there.

This is a similar approach to how God wants you to live. He gives you the gift of salvation not based on how well you play the game of life. He wants you to give your all for Him with that gift, and make the most out of life, now and forever. Will you?

Prayer: Dear Lord, I recognize that I don’t deserve your love, but you give it to me anyway. I do feel fortunate that you choose even me, so help me to live life to the fullest and give my all for you. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.