God’s grace! We are told that where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. We, as believers in Christ, know that we cannot “earn” God’s grace. It is given out to whom He chooses to give it out to. The wonderful thing is that God gives grace to all people (in different measures of course). We do nothing to merit the dawning of a new day. We do nothing to merit the birth of a newborn. We do nothing to merit safety from much danger in our lives. And yet, grace is there to bless us, to save us, to walk with us and uphold us in this world of much sin and evil.
But, I think, that most Christians have no idea what God’s grace really is. If they do know about it, they sure don’t act if they do. God’s grace, to the one who truly acknowledges it and begins rightly to understand it, is like the runner who does not seem to labor in his marathon. He seems to effortlessly glide along the path with no concern about the dangers along the way, the pain along the way, the struggles along the way. Some would say he is “in the zone” or is experiencing the “runner’s high.” God’s grace in the life of the believer is so much more than those chemical or mental experiences. The runner in a sense “earns” those feelings and that state of mind through his activity. For the believer this is not so!
If you step into most churches today you will hear a steady stream of moaning and bewailing of personal sin. You will hear many people relaying their struggles with sin and the latest “remedy” they have found to combat their sin (the latest 12 step something, or avoidance technique, or meditation ritual, etc). But at the end of the day, you will not hear much about the conquering of sin! Where is the abundant grace that is more abundant than sin? It seems, nowhere to be found in the modern church! The modern day believer is so self-focused and sin-focused they couldn’t identify an act of God’s grace if it was handed to them on a silver platter with a sign attached to it!
The remedy though, I am finding out, is fairly simple and straight-forward. You want to know what the remedy is? Sure you do! Here it is, wait for it, wait for it, it is to GIVE UP! Give up trying to count and label your sin. Give up giving it preeminence in your thoughts. Give up trying to conquer it because in this fleshly body you will not conquer it (it needs no conquering! Jesus conquered it for you on the cross!!!!!) When you give up trying to eliminate sin from your life, grace is still there running on legs that never tire or ache. Grace is there beside you, just waiting for you to accept powerlessness over sin and give yourself over to God’s love, mercy, His GRACE, and to carry you when you can no longer run!
Think about it for a minute. If every time you thought about God’s grace when you sinned, about how your sin was wiped out by Jesus, about the love that God lavishes on you when you don’t deserve it, and many other like things, how long could sin keep you down? How long would it take to realize that God is worth more thought and attention than the sin you daily espouse and bemoan? How would your ministry to love others be affected by this new thought process and action plan?
I am on that journey of transformation. I will arrive one day, at the end of the ages for sure, but during this earthly age, I am slowly learning that what we treasure in our heart (focus our lives on God’s grace, not our sin) will show us who deserves our time and attention. Will you focus your attention on God and Christ or on sin and evil? The choice is yours, my brothers and sisters, the choice is yours! Make the right choice today! (check out Paul’s letter to the Roman believers in the New Testament of the Bible, it will be a big help to you!)
Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!