“In two decades of teaching theology I have had countless students ask me why God doesn’t save everybody. Only once did a student come to me and say, “There is something I just can’t figure out. Why did God redeem me?”

We are not really surprised that God has redeemed us. Somewhere deep inside, in the secret chambers of our hearts we harbor the notion that God owes us his mercy. Heaven would not be quite the same if we were excluded from it. We know that we are sinners, but we are surely not as bad as we could be. There are enough redeeming features to our personalities that if God is really just he will include us in salvation. What amazes us is justice, not grace.”

RC Sproul, The Holiness of God, pg 153

This quote cut straight to my heart. It exposed my arrogance and self-centeredness. What should amaze me is God’s grace and yet so much of the time it doesn’t.

I should be surprised that God has redeemed me, but usually I am not and I need to repent.

The reason I’m not surprised that God redeemed me is my own arrogance, plain and simple.


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