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Friday Remix: Found and Lost

There’s a widespread problem in the Body of Christ – We tend to place all of the emphasis of Grace at the point of our initial forgiveness, but almost none on the ongoing work of transformation of  our lives where it is so desperately needed.

We get saved and then immediately take control of our lives out of His hands.  We plunge right back into “making it” by our own efforts. We assume that we have to live a life pleasing to God as a “thank you” for redemption, a type of repayment for the cross and eternal life in Heaven.

We know we need to live a Godly life after we have experienced Christ – but we have one insurmountable problem – We are not capable in the slightest of pulling off the “look how godly I am now” life.

At the end of the day, we’re too often left confused and full of spiritual self-loathing as the consequences of our repeated noble, but vain, attempts to live “the Christian Life”. We’ve reduced Grace by making it just about the forgiveness of sin, and disconnected it from the transformation of our lives, with frustrating results.

God not only gives us our salvation, but He’s the only one who gives us the power to actually change and live a holy life through his Grace. Note, I didn’t say perfection – but there’s a difference between “imperfection” and the conscious choice to sin  – a choice that testifies that we are still in bondage to the very things that dominated us before we ever knew Christ.

In the book of Romans, Paul says that it is by faith that we have access to Grace, and that it’s by Grace that we stand. Grace begins with mercy, but it’s more than mercy. Grace is also the outworking of God’s power in our life to transform us by the renewing of our mind.

But we never really seem to grasp that truth.  It seems too good to be true, and so often, we don’t take seriously the reality that God can deliver us from the things that have owned us for so long.  The result is that we just keep trying, failing, crying, hiding, and repeating, all the while hoping that maybe Jesus will return on Monday morning between 1 am and 6 am before we’ve had a chance to mess up the forgiveness we just re-pleaded for on Sunday night. We’ve given up on the power of God being able to change us.

Here’s an alternative – Let’s get alone with Father and say something like this: “God, it’s by Grace that I’m saved. Thank You for the love, mercy, and forgiveness You provided for me through the death of Jesus Christ. I realize if I’m going to live this life You’re calling me to, I also need massive amounts of Your Grace to do it. Thank You for the Grace by which I’m saved, and the Grace by which I stand. I want Your Holy Spirit – the ‘Christ in me’ that is my ‘hope of glory’ – to transform me and lead me to life more abundantly.”

Amen.

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  1. Saung Lady
    December 19, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    AMEN

  2. spadinofamily
    December 21, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    This is beautiful. Have a Merry Christmas

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