Monday, 23 May 2016

When good is not enough!

The news reports are suggesting that Manchester United are about to 'sack' their manager Louis van Gaal. Now, I know that many of you don't care for football (or perhaps you support a different club), but there is a point to my reflection. The news of his firing, came less than a few hours after he had guided Man United to winning the FA Cup. It seems a little harsh in many ways - the club didn't even give him time to celebrate before they were already replacing him.

So, here is my thought on this:

1. The world is a cruel place. Today's hero is quickly forgotten and replaced with someone else. Thankfully God doesn't treat us like this. With billions of people on the planet it would be easy for Jesus to 'fire us' for someone more holy!

2. Although Van Gaal was good as a manager, being 'good' wasn't enough for the board. They want something more. This reminds me of the Old Testament LAW in some ways. We can try and be GOOD as much as we like, but being GOOD is not going to save us. We all fall short of the glory of God and so we need God's grace to make us righteous.

Ephesians 2:8 - "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God..."

Living in Grace

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