I read this little dialogue between two friends once in a newsletter put out by my friend, Gregg Gibbons, who has a wonderful website called "Christ My Heart." The dialogue went something like this:
Friend 1 had been explaining to Friend 2 about God's grace being free forgiveness and acceptance and right standing with God)..
Friend 2: "But I'm not worthy!"
Friend 1: "Of course you're not worthy! That's why it's called 'grace'!"
Grace is a special gift, because it's a gift you don't have to deserve or be worthy of..
I don't have to be "good enough" or "strong enough" or "spiritual enough" or "faithful enough" to get grace. I don't have to be ANYTHING to have grace!
Grace is for failures! Grace is for the empty! Grace is for the messed up and broken!
Grace gives wholeness, love, favor, empowering, acceptance and blessing for free!
Grace gives JESUS for free, His Spirit coming to dwell in us, bringing with Him all that He is, which is wholeness, love, favor, power, acceptance and blessing! He is everything we need a God to be! And it is all ours for free in Christ, through His finished work on the cross that brought all that to us..
So if you don't feel worthy enough, don't feel good enough, feel like too much of a failure or a reject or a ruined person to ever be graced, favored, loved, accepted or blessed...guess what? You qualify for grace! Everyone qualifies for grace, that is the beauty of it! Because it doesn't depend on anything in US, only the love in the heart of GOD - grace is for all and we all qualify for it. And it is already given, already released. God's grace is already all over us, wow!
We may think our emptiness and inability will turn Him away, but no! Our realization that we are empty and needy simply brings us to be ready to enjoy His grace, because when we finally see we're empty yet still loved, we aren't afraid to come boldly to Him, knowing we'll have all the help we need for FREE (Heb. 4:16! Amen!