Sometimes my wife will eat dessert for dinner. She calls it “using her calories.” She is always keeping track of how much she eats. She is a very disciplined eater. Dessert is well, dessert. It is special. It is sweet. Usually people eat it last. Parents use it to encourage children to eat “what’s good for you” so they can get it. Sometimes I hear Christians talking about God’s grace as if it was what we get for dessert; what we get after everything else is swallowed. Eat your peas and carrots. Obey the rules. Do the right thing and maybe you’ll get some sweet stuff. Grace is the main course of Christianity. It is everything, not the last thing. You don’t have to wait for it. You don’t have to watch what you eat or save your calories or be super disciplined. Grace isn’t the gifts God gives to good people, grace is the gift of God himself to all people who will accept him. And it is sweet. It is the best tasting stuff. Don’t wait for it, just take and eat.
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. (Ps 34:8)