I’ve been parked in the book of Romans all year long. I might venture out for a day or two, but then I’m back, drinking from the deep waters of God’s grace in the book of Romans. For starters, let’s just take a big, refreshing gulp of this:
“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. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. …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.” – Romans 3:22-27 NLT
Doesn’t that just make your heart sing! FREEDOM!
God did a great job at saving you… single-handedly. 😉 He didn’t need your help. You were utterly helpless, and there was nothing you could do to save yourself. So your Savior did the work for you. Jesus swooped in like a Hero with a blood-stained cape to save the world.
Here are three quick, beautiful truths that I’ve found in Romans that will convince you just how great His grace is.
- You are made righteous by simply believing that He already earned it for you. You did nothing to earn your righteousness, so there’s nothing you can do to have it taken from you. You are made right with God by believing the Good News about Jesus. You are counted righteous, not because of the great job you are doing, but because of your faith! (Romans 4:5, 10:10)
- Hearing about grace is actually what produces faith in you! Lest you should think that you need to work up enough faith in order to be save-able, God tells us that hearing the Good News about grace is what produces faith in us in the first place. Don’t think you have enough faith to cut it? Just keep drinking in the intoxicating truth that Christ has done it ALL! There is nothing left for you to do–just take a deep breath, rest in His love, and believe. (Romans 10:17)
- Righteousness is a free gift! In case you need more convincing, we’re told that God’s grace is FREE and undeserved. Think you can do good enough to earn His grace? It’s impossible. Grace wasn’t designed that way–you cannot deserve it. If you could deserve it, then you could earn it… And then it wouldn’t be free, now would it? You receive it as a gift, and the gift produces the life of Christ in you! (Romans 5:16, 6:23, 11:6)
Praise the Lord for His never-ending, never-stopping grace that abounds to us! We don’t have to work our way into His presence. We get to enjoy His life-changing presence simply because HE is our perfection. We don’t have to worry about whether or not He’ll accept us. We don’t have to be anxious about whether or not He will see our imperfections and cast us out.
We get to come close to Him. We get to draw near to Him. We get to abide IN Him.
And in Him is where you will find all the joy, laughter, and love you’ll ever need! He never gets tired of you coming to Him. He will never turn you away. He is a good Daddy, and you can crawl up into His lap any time you want to! He is full of peace to calm every storm, and He will hold you close until you no longer feel afraid. His love for you will never run out, and it will drive away every fear.
Jesus has paid your way into the Secret Place… So come to Him. Encounter Him. Each time you do, you can rest assured that your life will never be the same.
Love and grace to you,