19 Aug Luke – Day 3
Undone by Grace – Luke 1:43; Ephesians 2:1-10
In Luke 1:43, Mary’s cousin Elizabeth expresses her humility. She says, “But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”
Why? Well, for one thing, Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist, forerunner to the Messiah. Still, she was humbled at the thought that the mother of the Messiah would make it a point to visit her. She was undone by Mary’s grace.
Grace does that; always. It undoes us. That’s the way to know we’ve recognized grace as grace. We’re humbled and moved to realize what we’ve been given, we don’t deserve. Grace, when received as grace, always undoes us and leaves us with no response but joyous gratitude.
As the teacher of yesteryear, William Newell says in his excellent commentary on Romans, to be proud is to be blind. For we have no standing before God in ourselves.