10th July 2021

Blinded by His grace

‘I’m blinded by your grace
Every night, every day’ 1

I love these lyrics from a gospel song penned by the British rap artist Stormzy. He has found a new way to poetically describe how faith in Jesus completely changes our lives. Stormzy gets to the heart of the response of a human soul who suddenly understands what God is doing in the world.

It seems incredible that I could ever think that way, but there was a time when I couldn’t see the point of Jesus. To give Jesus credit, his teaching didn’t seem too bad. After all, who can really argue with: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31 NRSV). But all that being raised from the dead stuff? Just nonsense.

And then I saw it. Like night turning to day, or like a sunbeam piercing through a winter’s heavy fog. There he was, Jesus, the Son of God made flesh. Christ entered the world to put right everything that had gone wrong. He came to heal our damaged souls; Jesus came to put me right.

As John Newton put it in his hymn Amazing Grace: ‘[I once] was blind, but now I see.’ Our God fills me with wonder, for he willingly sacrificed his Son in order to rescue us from the consequences of trying to run the world without him. I feel completely dazzled by this overwhelming grace. It appears that the Apostle Paul also felt this way: ‘I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me…even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.’ (1 Timothy 1:12-14).

And there before me, every day, lies a daunting but exciting challenge: to let Jesus continually encounter me through daily prayer, Bible reading and through weekly worship. To allow Christ to refashion my heart, mind and soul through the Holy Spirit. To become like him in crying out “Abba! Father!” (Galatians 4:6), trusting in God for every circumstance in my life. 

So, let’s not neglect this great gift of grace, instead let’s allow it to keep dazzling us ‘every night, every day.’ 

1 From Blinded by Your Grace, Part 1 – by Stormzy

Prayer

Wonderful Father, we are completely blinded by your grace. We are completely astounded and amazed by how you acted, in love, to heal the brokenness of the world. Let us always be dazzled by your mercy, so that, every night and every day, we seek you with our hearts, minds, souls and strength. In our wonderful saviour’s name, Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Study by Ian Woodley  

 

About the writer:
Ian Woodley is a Minister in the Edinburgh congregation of Grace Communion International

Local congregation:
GCI, Edinburgh
Gilmerton New Church
Ravenscroft Street
Edinburgh
EH17 8QJ

Meeting time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local congregational contact:
Peter Mill
Email: edinburgh@gracecom.church

Word of Life contact:  
wordoflife@gracecom.church