Craving Grace Like [White] Chocolate

whitechocolate6I have a bit of a confession: I don’t like chocolate. I’ve never cared for it, and I’ve certainly never craved it. But when Emily Jessee shared her Sunday morning testimony about Ruthie Delk’s book Craving Grace Like Chocolate (Emily prefers white chocolate), I could relate to the sentiment if not the craving.

Emily confessed her own natural tendency toward legalism and spoke of God’s desire for us to live captivated by His grace. She said that if the Gospel isn’t the best news we’ve ever heard, then we have misunderstood the Gospel. We are called to find our identity in who He is, not who we are. I know I can easily reduce the Christian life to a set of rules—things I think I can do to somehow earn God’s favor or feel more accepted. But in reality, God couldn’t love me more than He does at this very moment.

2 Corinthians 12:9 says

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

What wonderful news! I’m hoping I can talk Emily into following me around and reminding me of this truth on a daily basis (or weekly, whatever works with her schedule). Emily, if you’re reading this, I have white chocolate.