When I read the Bible, I’m in a season where God is having me look for the grace nuggets in whatever I’m reading. Grace has been such a transformative truth in my life. When I really grabbed hold of what Jesus accomplished on the cross, it set me free for real.
I love this quote I found today by Robert Capon:
“Grace is the celebration of life, relentlessly hounding all the non-celebrants in the world. It is a floating, cosmic bash shouting its way through the streets of the universe, flinging the sweetness of its cassations to every window, pounding at every door in a hilarity beyond all liking and happening, until the prodigals come out at last and dance, and the elder brothers finally take their fingers out of their ears.”
Grace is the good news that gets the party started! I had struggled for years just trying to win God’s approval and always feeling so condemned because I wasn’t measuring up. I wasn’t fulfilling what I thought my life was supposed to look like. I wasn’t doing all the things just right. What I didn’t realize was that I already had God’s approval. It had come for me like a shining beacon of hope the moment Christ died upon the cross!
You know, God is so good, isn’t He? He has a way of leading you and showing you the truth in the areas where you’re a little (or a lot) mixed up. Sometimes it takes just walking with Him and just trusting His goodness even though it doesn’t all make sense. In that place of trust, He will reveal His truth to us more and more and it will absolutely set us free.
Here’s some yummy truth from Romans 3. (I’ve been happily stuck in Romans 3-8 for the past several months.)
“For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are. But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins….Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law….There is only one God, and he makes people right with himself only by faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles. – Romans 3:19-31 NLT
There is nothing we can do to make ourselves right with God. You are off the hook! It is only by faith (restful belief and trust that Christ’s sacrifice did it all) that we are made right with God. There are basically two ways that we can live. One way is the extremely hard way, the other way is the grace way.
If we live with a mindset of trying to do things just right in order to please God, we will always, always fall short. But Christ offers us a way to live, and to thrive, and to have abundant life, and that way is the way of grace. It’s the way of rest—resting in what Christ has accomplished. And the cool thing is, when we trust and believe that we are righteous because of Christ, our lives actually begin to look like we are righteous. We can’t manifest His perfection through our own efforts, but when we trust in Him to be our perfection, it all starts to fall into place. Our character begins to line up with what He says about us!
In Romans 3 above, it says that God gave Jesus as a sacrifice that absolutely freed us from the penalty for our sins. We don’t have to be afraid, and we don’t have to feel guilty! How cool is that!? We can rest in what He’s done, knowing that we are made right with God through Christ’s sacrifice.
My friend, I want you to imagine for a moment that you are face to face with God. Do you feel (even a little bit) afraid? Are you worried about how He might see you? Well, if you do, just set your mind at ease and put your trust in Christ’s cross. Now then. You can be confident that when God looks at you, He sees you as righteous. Yep—you are righteous. So anything that comes against you and makes you feel like you are not righteous or not worthy to come to Him is a lie. When God looks at you, He sees you through cross-eyes! He sees a perfect daughter! You can stand on this truth—that you are right with God.
Beautiful mother, there is nothing you have done and there is nothing you could ever do that could take you out of that place in His arms. He is a safe place where you can rest. Doesn’t that just put your heart at ease? You are made righteous through Christ and you are accepted by God. You don’t have to work your way in to His circle—you are already there!
Now what does this truth mean for us as mothers? What does this mean in our practical, nitty-gritty everyday lives? In a world where stress and busyness and hectic-ness can seem to crowd out the peace and joy we desire to live in, how does Grace sweep in like a Hero with a blood-stained cape and save the day?
My explanation is much better in person. So here’s a video about it. 🙂