Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.
The words penned by John Newton came from deep in his soul and personal experience. John received spiritual instruction in his childhood from his beloved mother but when he was seven years old she died from tuberculosis. At age 11 John Newton began sailing with his father. Over the course of the next 20 years John led a life far from the Christian teachings of his mother.
During a voyage home in March of 1748, the ship he was on encountered a violent storm. John cried out to God and recalled verses from his childhood, including the passage from Proverbs 1 “Because I have called and ye have refused,… I also will laugh at your calamity.” This was just the beginning of John Newton’s conversion. It would be 7 more years before John left the sea and the slave trade but eventually he became an ordained minister, holding weekly prayer service. It was during these weekly meetings that John began writing hymns including Amazing Grace.
Over two hundred years later this beautiful hymn has been recorded more than 6,600 times but the amazing grace Jesus offers has been given to lost souls for more than two thousand years.
Last week I made a “to do” list that included painting, replacing decks, repairing trim, prepping the garden and many more projects that need attention. Although these things are important for the care and maintenance of my home I began to wonder what their eternal value was. The truth is, they have no eternal value.
Can we sometimes allow our earthly treasures to distract us from what God deems important? In other words, how is most of our time spent?
Jesus said that he came to seek and save that which was lost. What did that require? Commitment, discipline and sacrifice. Jesus’ top priority was doing the Fathers will. Shouldn’t our top priority be to do the fathers will?
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world;
but that the world through him might be saved.
Show the world what the amazing grace of Jesus looks like. Learn the word, live the word and lead others to the word.