Last night I had the awesome opportunity as I do each week to lead worship for kids. I enjoy the unlimited energy that they have week in and week out. I enjoy that my 7-year old daughter Kylie stands there each week worshiping. I am filled up as I pour out!
Last night we sang a song from Hillsong’s Cornerstone album titled “Grace Abounds” and I didn’t want to take for granted that we adults understand what grace is all about when most of the kids probably have no clue. So I asked the group to raise their hands if they knew what the word meant. Very few hands raised.
In summary – I defined to them why we sing about grace. We have ALL done wrong. We have ALL made bad decisions, acted inappropriately at times, been mean to others or disobedient when we should have listened. We have ALL sinned. We have ALL made mistakes. And we ALL make mistakes daily. We ALL need to be forgiven. We ALL need to be made clean from the ugly things we do, say or think.
Then I explained that God who made all things is PERFECT. That He sent His PERFECT Son. That for the 33 years that He walked this earth, Jesus lived a PERFECT life. That he NEVER did wrong. He NEVER made a bad decision, acted inappropriately or disobeyed. God NEVER sinned. He NEVER made a mistake.
Grace is that place where in spite of our IMPERFECTION a PERFECT God paid an awful price through His Son to make us PERFECT in His eyes. It is in that place where we are FORGIVEN. We are made CLEAN. We are set FREE. We are made PERFECT.
And daily we must go to that place where GRACE meets us in our SIN.