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Capacity

“The slender capacity of man’s heart cannot comprehend the unfathomable depth and burning zeal of God’s love toward us.”

– Martin Luther

We are too small. We are too limited. We are too “less.”

I’m not saying this in a negative way. I’m saying this in a way to promote God’s greatness.

He’s too big. He’s too limitless. He’s too “much.”

His much-ness is overwhelming our less-ness.  His limitless is invading our limits. His big-ness is overtaking our small-ness.

His love can’t be quantified or qualified. Our capacity is too small. His love must be received and experienced.

Service

A lawdriver insists with threats and penalties; a preacher of grace lures and incites with divine goodness and compassion shown to us; for he wants no unwilling works and reluctant services, he wants joyful and delightful services of God.

Martin Luther

Grace produces works has been one of the hardest concepts for me to grasp. I think in some way what I’ve done is thrown all “works” out. I know this isn’t right, but it’s what I’ve done. Now, that’s not to say that I have become lazy in my affection toward Jesus, it’s just that I have made myself allergic to “works”.

That being said, I do believe that once someone has tasted of God’s grace and realized that there’s nothing that they can do to earn their salvation, it produces a “get to” for works. I’ve used the example of a coin when talking to people. Before grace, most of us lived on the “have to” side. Grace has flipped the coin and now we live in the realm of “get to“.

Two sides: Have to vs. Get to.

  • I no longer have to spend time reading my bible, I get to.
  • I no longer have to take care of and love people, I get to.
  • I no longer have to worship, I get to.
  • I no longer have to repent of sins, I get to.
  • I no longer have to go to church, I get to.

Grace doesn’t promote laziness it empowers service! Allow grace to flip the coin in your heart!

So, what are you going to do now that you don’t have to do anything…

Tullian Tchividjian

Your Cross

A saying like “take up your cross” can be a word of wrath to the Old Adam: “You must die!” The same saying, however, spoken by the crucified one who took up my cross, can be a word of life: “You are dead”—that is, crucified with Christ. Luther’s Freedom of the Christian is to the point: “The promises of God give what the commandments of God demand and fulfill what the law prescribes…He alone commands, he alone fulfills.

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