Have you ever been driven by results? As a man, I have to admit that I hate to fail. In creating this blog, I feared that it would never take off….and it still may not take off. What I can tell you is that I am driven. I want to see my Google Analytic results going sky or the sales on our site increase. Nothing could set me up for what God had in store for me next.
One thing that I have never been able to shake up until recently is work. I have always been driven by works. I was always worried that someone was upset because I didn’t do good enough. If someone was upset, I would take on the responsibility for their unhappiness not realizing that I was trying to play the part of God. Let me explain.
Growing up I would say to God “If you will…I will…” “If you do…I do…” thinking that I could manipulate God into doing what I wanted to do. The only problem was, God doesn’t go by what we do but what He has already done. We often, as Christians, have a works oriented mindset. We find ourselves walking down the road negating what happened at the cross. We decided our eternal destiny by standing on what we can do when Christ already conquered in turn trying to take the place of God.
God has not given us the authority to work our way into grace. He already conquered it on the cross long before we even decided to sin or fail. Before you and I were even knit our mother’s womb, God decided to send His Son to die for the sins that you would commit long after you were placed on this earth. The authority of grace lies in the cross and in the cross alone. Without grace, we would find ourselves lost and deserted. Instead, because of the cross, we can now find ourselves free.
Grace does not give you a get out of hell free ticket or a free ticket to sin. No, grace causes you to not want to sin. Grace causes you to want to show love to the Father. Grace causes you to come to Him instead of shying away from Him. Beyond Grace? Now you can see Him in a new light.