It’s time to enjoy grace anew – not the decaffeinated grace that pats us on the hand, ignores our deepest rebellions and doesn’t change us, but the high-octane grace that takes our conscience by the scruff of the neck and breathes new life into us with a pardon so scandalous that we cannot help but be changed. It’s time to blow aside the hazy cloud of condemnation that hangs over us throughout the day with the strong wind of gospel grace. Jesus is real; grace is defiant; life is short; risk is good. For many of us the time has come to abandon once and for all play-it-safe, toe dabbling Christianity and dive in.
Welcome to the new world! Welcome to the new day! Welcome to the new life!
Here are some rules for your new life.
- Your works to try to save yourself are not allowed. Jesus has paid for your salvation, once for all. But your neighbor does need to see your good works.
- Your new life will last forever because your life is hidden with God.
- You are completely accepted and loved despite what you have done.
Now, that list doesn’t sound too defiant on the surface, does it?
Let’s dig deeper.
Your works to try to save yourself are not allowed.
For it’s by God’s grace that you have been saved. You receive it through faith. It was not our plan or our effort. It is God’s gift, pure and simple. You didn’t earn it, not one of us did, so don’t go around bragging that you must have done something amazing.
Ephesians 2:8-9 VOICE
It’s all God’s work. Not yours. Sit down and accept the gift. Your salvation is not rewarded for your efforts. This is the cold hard truth that you must deal with.
Your new life will last forever because your life is hidden with God.
Your union with his death broke the association with that world; see yourselves located in a fortress where your life is hidden with Christ in God!
Colossians 3:3 Mirror
Stop trying to be seen. God sees you. God knows that you are in Christ. He has you!
You are completely accepted and loved despite what you have done.
His grace-plan is to be celebrated: he greatly endeared us and highly favored us in Christ. His love for his Son is his love for us. Since we are (fully represented) in him, his blood is the ransom that secures our redemption. His forgiving us our sins measures the wealth of his grace. This grace shown towards us communicates a wisdom and discernment of our worth that completely surpasses any definition.
Ephesians 1:5-8 Mirror
Your reality of being “in Christ” makes you a recipient of God’s love. You couldn’t earn it. You couldn’t attain it. So, God gave it to you.
It’s time to give in to the gentle judge. It’s time to be overtaken by the defiance of grace. It’s time to let love completely tear down our walls.