What's in You? - Kelvin Beachum

It’s easy to get so caught up in the doing, going and speaking opportunities in life that I fail to be mindful of just how much grace I’m living in. I have to really be intentional about thinking about how much grace I’ve been given and the amount of mercy I’ve been afforded through the cross of Christ. 

It all comes back to the cross. We can even be distracted by a particular passage of Scripture or some commentary on a verse, but at the end of the day, it all comes back to the cross. It’s that simple. Christ saved us; He has given us mercy that we don’t come close to deserving. It was on the cross where Jesus paid the penalty for every single sin we have ever and will ever commit. Grace existed way before our time and it will extend long after we’ve left this earth. If you have the time to sit down and really ponder how great the grace is that He gives and how undeserving we are of it, please do. It’s powerful. 

His grace stretches and covers the insurmountable multitude of sins that we as a people have. In reality, our lives are filthy rags, but because of Jesus, we are seen by God as being white as snow. I’m not in Heaven yet, therefore, I’m not complete yet. Grace means that Jesus is standing in my place so that when I do get to Heaven, I will be complete by the grace of God and power of the Holy Spirit. 

When God’s grace is at the forefront of my mind, my spirit is much more calm. The realization of God’s grace leads me to be way less judgemental and opinionated than I would be without it. Grace brings to light who I really am as well as what I really am. My perspective on life changes when my flaws are highlighted and God’s perfection is brought into view. But that doesn’t mean I live in shame, it simply means the focus is off of me and on Christ. 

As a parent, you have to have a lot of grace for your kids (especially during potty training). Being a dad has shown me what grace looks like. I have to exemplify grace to my kids in many situations. Grace doesn’t mean neglect, it means saying, “It’s OK that you messed up. Let’s not do it again. Let’s keep going, but in a different direction.” It’s humbling to have to extend grace while recognizing just how much grace God has for you each day. 

There are so many areas in our world where we see that the Gospel and God’s grace have been lost. As a society, we just don’t accept the Gospel for what it is, nor do we accept how we should live our lives. 

How can you express grace in a way that puts Jesus on display in your life? You don’t have to be a Bible thumper for people to see you are living your life for Christ. They will notice there’s something different about you just by the way you live your life. Let your life be a mirror that reflects the image of God. 

Kelvin Beachum, Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman

Kelvin Beachum is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing articles and opinions. Check out Kelvin’s Increase profile here.

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