Asking for Mercy
by Max Lucado
“But, ma’am,” I pleaded, “I’ve got to be in Houston this evening.” She was patient but firm. “I’m sorry, sir, the rules say passengers must be at the gate ten minutes before scheduled departure time.” “I know the rules,” I said. “I’m not asking for justice; I’m asking for mercy!” She didn’t give it to me.
She didn’t give me mercy, but God does. Even though by the “book” I’m guilty, by God’s love I get another chance. Even though by the law I’m indicted, by mercy I’m given a fresh start.
The Bible says, “For it is by grace you have been saved. . .not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
No other world religion offers such a message. Others say, “You do this, and God will give you that.” Christ’s kingdom is just the opposite. A kingdom where membership is granted, not purchased! You are placed into God’s kingdom! He gives you, not justice, but mercy!
From The Applause of Heaven