The idea of grit used to bring to mind John Wayne and his no-nonsense-take-no-prisoners attitude. Lately, the word grit has been used to describe tenacity in students and their ability to keep working even when it’s difficult.
For me, grit comes from inteGRITy. The decision to stick with what is right, even when it is not easy. Scripture gives us encouragement to do exactly this. Ephesians 6 commands us to stand strong and to continue standing until the end (Ephesians 6:13).
Years ago, a dear friend had just accepted Christ and was trying to understand how to embrace this new life. I explained letting go of what she may have chosen before Christ would be gritty at times. But that was what integrity was about; allowing the grit to slowly smooth out the rough spots. The difficult places where we need Jesus more than ever.
D.C. Talk had a song on their Jesus Freak album called “So Help Me God,” the lyrics are what a new believer (and an older one) might pray as they intentionally chose to follow Christ.
Won’t You take my heart, won’t You take my soul
Won’t You come and make me whole again
You, You’ve got what I need and You never retreat
Unto You I will concede
If our desire is to allow “Holy Sandpaper” in our lives, then we have to expect the grit that comes with it. Jesus will work in our lives and He can remove the struggles and pain of our past. We only have to ask Him to come into our brokenness.
Then, like a true Carpenter, He will use the right tools, the right amount of grit, to smooth the roughest places. All we need to do is seek Him and then allow Him to do the work (Jeremiah 29:13, Psalm 27:8, Deuteronomy 4:29, 1 Chronicles 16:10-11).