My husband, kids and I are all part of a family share plan with our cell phone provider. Together the five of us share eight gigahertz of data per month … or is it megahertz? Honestly, it could be John or William Hurts for all I know about technology.
What I DO know is as the end of the billing cycle draws near each month, if we have collectively used too much data our provider sends each of us a text message warning us that we’ve used up the biggest percentage of our data. If we still have lots of days left in the billing cycle that is troubling news to receive. Using up all the data before the month is over has been the source of many heated discussions in our family.
As believers in the body of Christ we should be thankful that God doesn’t put us on a plan when it comes to His mercy or grace for us. If we mess up during the day and feel like we’ve completely blown our Christian witness we don’t have to worry that we’ve used up our allotment of mercy. No matter how much we think we’ve messed up, God’s Word tells us that we can “… come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:16)
Regardless of how wicked I’m acting or feeling, I don’t have to worry that God is going to send me a text message telling me, “I’m sorry … you’ve used up this month’s allotment of mercy. Your mercy quota will reset at the beginning of the next month.”
Obviously our goal as Christians is to do our best to be in God’s will and behave in a Christ-like fashion as much as is possible. But for those times when our behavior is very un-Christ-like, it’s nice to know that God’s mercies are new every morning.
The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:22-23
Blessings in Christ,