Try, Try, Try

You never see Batman and Robin scattering because the bat grappling hook failed to catch and is barreling back down on them.  There has to be a bat out-take somewhere with the hook smashing into the sidewalk, shards flying everywhere, leaving a big gash in the pavement.   Or maybe one where it catches, but comes loose while the dynamic duo are scaling the wall.  Even superheroes must fail some of the time.

I was once taught an acrostic for the word GRACE: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.  It goes against the grain to accept that God’s love for us is a completely separate deal from our successes or failures.  I was thinking about God’s grace today and it occurred to me: There are people who are better than I who won’t spend eternity with God.  Wow, that’s humbling.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Christ’s last words on the cross were, “It is finished.” It was a done deal.  All sin, past, present, and future, paid in full.  The damned became the saved… or at least the damned who take the rope.

In my life as a believer I am often perplexed at how frequently I still miss the mark.  I know better, but I still do exactly the things I’ve told God I hate.  It’s just as the Apostle Paul said:

“So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.”

Romans 7:21-25

Thank God for the amazing grace of Jesus Christ.  Though all of our tries fail, He threw the hook that caught in Heaven. He’s our rope hanging down, nice and secure, never failing.

If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: When you are drowning and someone throws you a line– Take the line!


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