“Learning grace, having grace to learn.” This thought came to me last month in China where I spoke about Christian education, and after thinking about this for a while, I came to this conclusion: We learn grace by receiving grace. And since God gives more grace to the humble (James 4:6), we need humility to learn. Learn what?
As students, what important lesson does grace teach us?
Grace teaches us that we have value and significance apart from what we do or do not do. Grace also teaches us that we are not our grades and degrees, not our jobs or net worth; we are not our age or appearance, not our talents and abilities, not our popularity or even our nationality. And, most certainly, grace teaches us that we are not our sin.
So, who are we, according to grace?
Grace says that we are who and what we are by the grace of the Almighty God of the universe, the God of all grace, Who saw us as being so precious to Him that He willingly gave up His life for us, so that we could live and be with Him forever. Grace is God’s expression of His great love for us as individuals. Grace says we are God’s beloved ones.
God does not give us grace to make us feel good about ourselves; He gives grace to help us grow in grace and knowledge (2 Peter 3:18).
Learning grace is transformative.
We all need grace to learn and we all need to learn grace, because learning grace produces two important things in our lives as God’s beloved students: identity and security. Learning grace, we discover who we truly are and our eternal purpose for living and learning. Learning grace, we also discover Whose we are, and this identity gives us great security and helps keep us humble so that we can receive more grace to learn.
As a teacher, I believe that students who have been transformed by grace can and do learn more, because they have the proper identity and are secure in the fact that God knows and loves them apart from their performance in school. Be sure that no matter how much we think we know, we all have much to learn from grace, the divine teacher (Titus 2:11,12).