Sunday evening we attended the K-love Fan Awards in Nashville, Tennessee. The meager little radio station that began in the 80’s now simulcasts contemporary Christian music to over 440 FM stations throughout the country. Sunday night provided the opportunity to celebrate all God has done through the music that drifts through their airwaves.
Performances abounded from Lauren Daigle, Toby Mac, Casting Crowns, For King and Country, Crowder, and a host of others. But perhaps the most moving performance for me came in the middle of Matthew West’s “Grace Wins”. As the music faded, Matthew walked to the side of the stage where two chairs had been placed. A young man joined him, and the two sat down.
Matthew began to explain that he had received a letter a while back from this fellow now sitting beside him. He handed the young man his letter and asked him to read it. His story unfolded as he explained that he had been a heroine addict and had spent time in prison. Upon his release, his mother asked him to go to a concert with her – a Matthew West concert. During that event the young man heard a testimony from another drug addict who, through Matthew and his music, had been set free to live for Christ. Matthew and his father have a ministry designed to help people just like this young man. Through that ministry they arranged for the young man to get into Teen Challenge to receive the help he needed to overcome his addiction. Because of that help and his newly found faith in the real Grace Giver, he had been drug free for almost two years. His letter ended with these words, “I’m living proof, grace wins every time.”
The crowd cheered and Matthew finished his song with renewed passion.
You may or may not have a drug addiction, but is there something in this world you hold onto much tighter than you should? Money? Bad relationships? Status? Pride? A critical spirit? Whatever it is, let go and know grace wins EVERY time.
When we allow grace to win, we have a powerful story to tell! I hope we grow to believe our own lives mean nothing to us and that our only aim is to finish the race; to complete the task the Lord Jesus has given us – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. (Acts 20:24) When we do that, we can smile and say confidently, “I’m living proof! Grace wins every time!”
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