One degree of separation is all that exists between us. One degree of separation is all that exists between the wealthiest of billionaires and the poorest of the poor. One, single, solitary, degree.
It doesn’t matter whether we accept this as fact or fiction because we can’t escape what is truth.
So, what’s the one degree? Simply put, it’s Grace.
See, from the time we exit our mother’s womb our lives become a series of events that are continually being linked by the decisions others around us make coupled with the decisions we make for ourselves. A sort of tangled web, if you will, of life events that are all joined and a direct result of the consequences that are carried by each and every decision.
When we are infants and young children, we are at the mercy of every person that comes into our lives. Some of those people will treat us harshly. Some will love and encourage us to pursue greatness, while others won’t even care what happens to us.
Then, there comes a day when we make our first decision. More often than not the first decision we make is centered around a yes or no answer. Yes, we will obey our parent or parents, OR no we will not but rather choose to do our own thing and rebel. The cute baby yes, soon becomes the adolescents cruel no. We blurt out, NO! Simply because we believe we know better.
Besides, no one knows us? No one can understand who we are, what we feel or why we hurt, right? I mean, no one has ever been misunderstood, or hurt have they? No one can understand, right?
So, we choose our path, whether it be to take revenge on others or to aid others. We choose to hurt others or ourselves, or we choose to improve ourselves through various means. Regardless of the path we choose there are always consequences.
We continue through life and with each and every decision we make we sow the consequences for each and every one of those decisions. The web we’ve created at times feels almost unbearable, suffocating or choking out our life’s light.
And just when it appears there is no way life could get any worse, that’s when grace appears. God’s precious grace.
See, before time ever began the Creator knew that hard choices were going to have to be made. He knew that loss was going to have to be experienced. He knew there would be pain and punishment. He knew that the innocent would suffer horribly at the hands of the wicked. He knew all of this, and yet with all of this foreknowledge He still chose to create us. Why?
Because of love.
When we look at another person, we judge based on color, wealth, status, culture or gender. When God looks at us, He sees our hearts.
He sees and knows that every single thought or action we take is for one reason. We act and do for us.
In our eyes, there is a huge difference between a person who commits adultery and one who merely looks lustfully at someone.
In our eyes, there is a huge difference between someone who commits theft and someone who covets.
In our eyes, there is a huge difference between someone who murders and someone who becomes angry with another.
In God’s eyes, all of those acts are equal.
Adultery is equal to looking lustfully at someone. Theft is equal to coveting. Murder is equal to being angry and espousing hate. Because God knows our intentions, He knows our motivations, He knows our hearts.
There is only one degree of separation from the person who acts upon their hearts intentions of murder, theft or adultery and the person who chooses not to act. Either way, both are guilty in God’s eyes of the same sin. That’s why there’s grace.
Grace is God’s way of demonstrating His love for all of us. Grace can’t be earned, bought or stolen. Grace is God’s way of saying, “I know life is hard. I know you are going to have tough times. I know that peace is going to be hard to come by. I know all of this because my One and Only Son suffered just for you.”
Remember all those tough decisions that God knew we were going to have to make and that were going to occur? Well, He knows because He had to make them first.
The Father knew His only Son was going to have to humble Himself and take the form of mankind. The Father knew His only Son would live a sinless life and yet be savagely murdered for no reason at all. The Father knew His only Son would suffer, bleed and die upon a cross. He knew all of these choices were going to have to be made and He knew that grace was our only hope in all of it.
Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin. Without grace, there is no hope for a life of fulfillment or eternal life. For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves.
The faith that is given to everyone, is given only by grace. Why? So no one can claim to have done anything for their eternal salvation. That is why salvation is a gift. It can only be a gift because imagine the ego of the person who could stand before all might God and claim that they had earned their own salvation. Imagine their pride.
That pride is visible today in our society. It’s the same pride that pushes people to form political parties and become rulers, kings and presidents. That’s the same pride that kills millions of innocents every single day. That’s why salvation can’t be earned.
Grace is the single element that separates us from receiving the devastation we deserve from a life filled with poor decisions.
Grace can save us but we must ask for it. We must be willing to accept that we are not our own gods. That we are full of nothing but selfish intent and then ask for forgiveness.
Ask for forgiveness from the only One who can give it. Jesus.
HaMashiach Yeshua, which is Hebrew for Jesus the Messiah. He is the only One who can forgive us of our sins and cleans us from all that we have done wrong.
His grace will cover you and aid you in overcoming the consequences of poor decisions. His grace is more than enough to aid and help you in your time of need.
There is only one God. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. His Only Son in Hebrew is named Yeshua, which means Salvation.
See, there is no other name given to men by which we MUST be saved.
Yeshua says, “No one comes to the Father, except through me.”
There is only one degree of separation that exists between all who will be saved and all who will perish and that single degree sits firmly on each individuals decision to either accept God’s grace or deny it. My prayer is ALL will accept the gift the Father has provided through His Only Son.
God bless you and may His grace overwhelm you, while His love surrounds you for the rest of your lives.