Go, go, go. Do, do, do. Work, work, work.
This goes against what we have been offered through Jesus Christ: Grace.
The world’s system is contrary to God’s system in every way.
The world’s way: Strive, climb, work, perform.
God’s way: Receive, trust, rest, grace.
“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” – Psalm 37:4
Everything about grace goes against everything in me. My flesh wants to do and go- not sit still. My mind rushes me- constantly reminding me of what I need to do. Satan is so negative- always encouraging me to complain, compare, criticize. And the world pushes me- perform, compete, impress.
All of it is wrong.
I’ve been reminded of His grace:
“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” – John 1:17
I don’t live under the law. I live under grace.
Jesus has been dealing with me about my obsession with to-do lists and how it stems from a desire to perform, to achieve, to complete.
Overly focusing on a to-do list prevents me from enjoying each moment. Instead it drives me to do, do, do.
Secondly, this scripture has been coming to mind:
“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” – Galatians 2:21
If my life was about living by the law, completing a series of checklists then Christ’s death is in vain.
My life, and everything about it that may be of value, is due to my belief in Christ. That’s it. It’s not me, it’s Christ, and Christ is grace.
I know nothing about grace outside of Christ.
As hard as it is to believe, our salvation had nothing to do with us. We didn’t earn or work for salvation, and this doesn’t change when we become followers of Christ.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9
He’s not after our works.
He’s after our faith. Our hearts, our lives. He longs for us to present our bodies to Him as a living sacrifice so that He may use us for His good works. He does have a good plan for our lives, but we have to deal with our worldly mindset first:
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God- this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:1-2
We desperately need Christ to change us. We need Him to show us what grace is all about. We need Him to grow us in the knowledge of His grace (II Peter 3:18).
In the world’s system, we earn. With Christ, we receive- simply by His grace.
Everything we are and everything we do is by His grace. Everything (I Corinthians 15:10).
I thank God that I’m beginning to understand what grace is all about.