Grading on a Curve

“For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach.”  Deuteronomy 30:11 NASB

When I was in school there were times when I dearly wished the teacher would grade our papers “on a curve.” The “curve,” that famous grading system that allows what may have been (at best) a barely passing grade to become a C or maybe even a C+. Grading on a curve is based on comparison, comparing an individual’s work to the work of his or her peers. Grading on a curve always results in someone failing.

I am so glad God doesn’t grade on a curve.

Instead, He offers each of us the same opportunity to “pass,“ to abide with Him for all eternity, enjoying His infinite love and grace. There is no homework and there are no exams. There are no classes to attend; He will meet you wherever you are. Everyone has the same opportunity to “pass.” The only requirements are trusting Him, repentance (admitting the obvious – that we’re not perfect – and purposing to do better), and accepting the work already completed for us: Jesus’ finished work on the cross.

Lord, thank You for making it possible for each and every one of us to “pass” (at a very high price to Yourself). Thank you, Jesus, for doing the work required for our salvation (our “passing” grade), and giving it to each of us as a free gift.

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