“When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners” (Romans 5:6, NLT).
In our self-sufficient, I-can-do-it-myself culture, helplessness is seen as a negative condition and a sign of weakness. If you can’t pull yourself up by your bootstraps, something must be wrong with you, so people will either write you off or take advantage.
God doesn’t see helplessness the same way. Our weakness is his artist’s medium. Rather than write off the whole human race, God sent his Son to pull us—while still in our completely weak and powerless state—out of sin, misery and death. He didn’t wait for us to get stronger, do good works or clean up our act. And he still doesn’t. No one can clean themselves up enough to deserve grace, but in his love and compassion, God was happy to lay down his life for us, once and for all. He lets us trade our helplessness for his all-sufficient grace, which makes us his work of art.