The best thing about the Christian faith

You want to know what I think is the most beautiful thing about the Christian faith?

God walks with us.

I am learning what living under grace means. I grew up in a solid Bible believing church with amazing Bible teaching. During my school years, I was taught important Biblical truths. But it took many (and I mean many) years later, after Bible school, after marrying a pastor, after serving in ministry, for me to understand just how little I actually understood about grace.

I currently read the book, “The Cure: What if God isn’t who you think He is and neither are you?” It really changed my whole understanding of God’s view of me. Although I know His love for me is sacrificial, everlasting, and perfect, never did I really think that He saw Christ in me. Because of this I would always try to “do better” to keep people happy by juggling too much, to keep trying harder…even when I couldn’t do any better. I figured I had to keep working to be more like Christ.

While the heart response to want to be more like Christ is Biblical, attempting to do so in our own strength is not.

I had made my faith something I could manage. My efforts became focused on doing what was right, on doing what was expected and outlined in Scripture, on becoming more like Him. I equated the success of my efforts or attempts to God’s estimation of me. I had it all wrong. So I ask again…

You want to know what I think is the most beautiful thing about the Christian faith?

It’s that God walks with me.

Yes, in His grace, He walked that road with me, allowing me to try my way, to figure out what I should be doing. He didn’t get fed up, He didn’t force me to see it His way, and better yet, He didn’t leave me alone until I did figure it out…because He knew I never would. That’s His grace and love for me. He walks with me, through my wrong thinking, my stubborn efforts, and my foolish attempts. It’s His grace that keeps me close to Him, not my choices, efforts, or anything I’ve done.

This is really a beautiful thing! What new found freedom! Does this mean that I stop trying to do things I know would please Him? No, but it does take the pressure off of me to keep close to Him. God already knows that I am fickle, but He is forever faithful. This is precious news and a treasured promise!

2 Corinthians 5:21 ASV
“ Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him.”

It was all “on our behalf”…what grace!

“We can become righteousness of God”…what grace!

It is because of His grace that I can find rest.


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