This has got to be the best kind of speed limit sign….open to interpretation! Like many others, we tend to think that there is wiggle room with most freeway speed limits. Popular belief says that going just five miles over the speed limit does not really count. So imagine our surprise when we were pulled over for just that on our cross country trek! No matter that road conditions were ideal or that we were keeping up with the flow of traffic. The law is the law. And whether going over the limit by one mile or ten, we were still breaking the law.
Today’s verse has bad news and good news. The bad news is that all are guilty of breaking God’s Law. None of us can match up to the holiness and glory of a just and perfect God. Some fall just a little short. Others fall short by quite a bit. No matter. No one can stand before a holy and righteous God on one’s own merits. But the good news is that Christ has redeemed us through His sacrifice on the cross and through His grace we have right standing with Him.
It does not matter how good I may look to others. I am just as in need of God’s grace as the most hardened criminal. There can be no spiritual pride when I understand that small word, “all.” And I am so thankful for a grace that is also for “all.” There is no difference between Jew or Gentile (verse 22) or any other distinction I could make.
Thank you Lord, that Your grace includes me.