Sunday, May 27, 2012

Justin Holcomb: Grace All the Way

"There is a damaging idea floating around that says, "God saved you, now what are you going to do for him?" This is a recipe for failure. If you come to the Christian life believing you can do anything for God in your own strength or repay him on any level, you fall back to the self-dependent spiritual death from which Jesus saved you... 

The idea that we can or should try to "repay" God for his grace cuts away the source of power that saved us in the first place - God's grace. It's exactly what Paul so vehemently rejected when he cried, "Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?" (Gal 3:3) It is God who saves, and God who sanctifies - all by grace. 

Above all else and before any discussion of what we should do, we must understand deeply in our bones who we are: the workmanship of God. You are his project. So you are invited to be who you are. Your life is not your own; it was bought with a price. 

Live with the gratitude, humility, joy, and peace that come from knowing it does not all depend on you. You are loved and accepted in Christ, so you don't have to focus on what you do or don't do for God. Now you can focus on what Jesus has done for you, and that will cause you to love God more. Then you can't help but walk in grace, realizing how costly God's grace was."  

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