Grace is for Fools and Mercy for Wise Fools

By 0xGenuine | Faith Hope & Love | 27 Apr 2020

During my early years of life as a believer I was infatuated with the Grace of God. What is not to love about grace?! There is nothing more amazing to a new believer than understanding the abounding grace the Fathers heart contains and how He sees us not as sinners but saints...but there's more to it. You see as a young believer I was incredibly foolish and with foolishness the Fathers grace runs abundant...however as one begins to grow in his walk with the Father it is only natural that maturity should take place. One will find out that eventually...grace has its limits...and for good will eventually run out for your own benefit.

Grace preserves one from perishing from ones own ignorance...but mercy is for one who knows what is right and chooses to entertain the life of a fool regardless. Here's an example, lets say you are driving your car and you get pulled over for speeding down a road you genuinely thought you were going the appropriate speed limit, the officer speaks with you and after judging that you were doing your best to be compliant the officer lets you off with a warning, you then continue your day with knowledge of what not to do next time you are driving down this road. Mercy however...unlike grace is for those who have wisdom but choose not to abide in its teachings.

During my young adult years I was employed with a company and did warehouse work. This company employed drivers as well for their services and paid them extremely well too. In order to be promoted to this type of position it required responsibility to be proven from the individual interested, it also required patience for an opportunity to become available (employment seniority) and to have a clean driving record (no tickets for a year). Every morning I would wake up late and recklessly fly down an empty road before the crack of dawn on my motorcycle to get to work on time because I'd sleep in. I always thought to myself no one will see me I can get away with it...I was breaking the law and putting my life and potentially someone else in danger as well. Yet I wanted to be a foolish...

"Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin." - James 4:17

Well you guessed morning I was flying down the road on the way to work and BAM! an unmarked vehicle pops out and flips on his lights. As I pull over I realize the weight of my foolishness all hit me at once. I was speeding but not just speeding this was reckless driving and the judgement for reckless driving carries severe penalties for one caught doing it. It all starts flashing through my head...I'm going to jail, I'm gonna have to pay a massive fine, I'm going to have my vehicle impounded, I'm going to have a mandatory court appearance for this and be put in front of a Judge...Why didn't I just get up on time and get to work within the speed limit to begin with?! I'm may loose my job and loose the opportunity to drive for the company I've put blood sweat and tears into working for...SHIT!...I've really been putting my life in danger and what if I hit someone else too?! I'm on a bike...they might have a dent to deal with and some issues to sort out with their insurance but I'd be roadkill or severely injured at best...

My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights. - Proverbs 3:11-12

The detective swings open his door and tells me to step off the bike and sit on the curb, he informs me that some owners of the houses near the road had reported noise early in the morning for several weeks and complained about it. He was sent to investigate the disturbance I had been causing. I sat there compliant with the detectives questions and provided all the information needed...he looks at my license plate and lo and behold I had not transferred my plate registration from my old bike to my new bike yet either...another strike against me that could end in more jail this point I was ready to accept my punishment because there was no getting out of this.

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. - Hebrews 5:12

I ask the detective with my head between my legs on the side of the road if I could at least call my job and let them know why I would not be showing up to work that morning. He looked over at me and silently stepped inside his vehicle, I kept my head down because I was convinced of my fate at this my mind I was screwed...I was guilty and I knew it beyond a shadow of a doubt. A few moments later the detective erupts from his car, he begins to confirm all of the fears that ran through my head the moment I pulled my bike over. However, rather than handcuff me the detective hands me a hand written ticket...I didn't think cops issued these anymore...written on says "Speed Limit Sign". The detective tells me that under normal circumstances I'd be in his car on the way to the station at this point especially since my bike was unregistered...but he decided to be merciful towards my circumstance. I still received a speeding ticket and yes it delayed my opportunity to become a driver for a whole year because of it, but I was preserved from the harsher penalties I could have faced. In the end I had to pay a $300 dollar ticket and call my father to pick me up after parking my motorcycle because I wasn't allowed to drive it to work...but the situation humbled me and caused me to finally mature and grow up.

"When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things." - 1st Corinthians 13:11

From that point forward over that next year I went to bed early, got up early and took my time getting to work in the morning because it wasn't worth it anymore. My level of self care went up and my regard for others on the road increased as well. The type of maturity I needed to be able to handle the position of being a driver at my employment was made manifest in me because I had experienced mercy and through that experience I developed a true heart of repentance for my actions.

The grace of God abounds but so does his mercy and if you feel like grace is enough then you're just a fool, but if you understand the necessity of mercy your'e a wise fool. We all need both when it comes down to it, we all need salvation from our own foolishness.

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My name is Joshua, I am a follower of The Way of Jesus. During my early adult years I attended ministry school and began the journey of discovering the roots of my faith. In doing so, I found myself shattering the religious shackles my faith had been bound to; spending a good time wandering in the desert. Over the years however my questions and searching led me to finally understand who Jesus was and why he is so important for the world to understand. In Him we live and move and have our being.

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