The Underdogs – June 24, 2016

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

Do you cheer for the underdog? Some people do, but most want to support the eventual winner.
Have you ever noticed that in Jesus’ encounters, all of His stories made the wrong person the winner? They were not just underdogs; they were in dead last; for example, the prodigal son, not the responsible older brother, the beggar Lazarus and not the rich man, the good Samaritan, not the Jewish rabbi. Christ was teaching us about grace. It seems that our society runs on the opposite of grace by ranking people, holding them accountable, insisting on reciprocity and fairness. Grace is, by definition, unfair.

Grace cannot be earned, it cannot be deserved, it cannot be merited, but it is a gift that can be received. Ephesians 2:8, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Grace is unconventional; it’s thrilling, and it’s for all who receive it, even the underdogs.

Scott Sanford
EXECUTIVE PASTOR (STEWARDSHIP AND OPERATIONS)
sanford@cottonwoodcreek.org