It amazes me the devastation a storm the size of Hurricane Harvey can produce. The scope of that storm was massive and the impact of it is still being felt across the coast and inland parts of this great state.
I am encouraged to see so many rushing in to rescue those who find themselves in rising water. I heard a report from a man who had a boat and was working tirelessly to rescue as many people as he could. The reporter asked him why he chose to help to which the man responded, “I saw a need and I was moved to act on that need.”
What encourages me the most is people loving people regardless of race, or economic or social status.
As I listen to reports and testimonies from those in rescue boats, it reminded me of the word “grace.” Ephesians 2:1-5 reads:
1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
Grace doesn’t respond depending on the color of your skin or your background. Grace doesn’t respond based on your circumstances. Grace recognizes that there is a need, a need to be saved from sin, and responds out of love and mercy. Jesus saw a need. A need for you and I to be rescued from sin. Jesus reacted to that need and through His grace and by His grace we are saved!