Over the last few weeks we’ve attempted to understand the concept of God’s grace towards us. We’ve wrestled with the idea that our relationship with God is based solely on what Jesus has done on the cross and in no way is contingent on our actions or what we bring to the relationship. How do we go from understanding and experiencing this grace to living in Grace each day?
Discussion with my daughter
A while ago my daughter came into my room and plopped down on my bed. It’s one of those moments! You put down your book and become all ears so you do not lose the moment. She shared about friends, work, and the struggle between making choices that please God and those that please her friends. Being a first born, she desperately wants to get it right. She feels the pull to perform up to everyone’s expectations. The conversation came around to how God really views us. And how hard it is to understand and accept what His grace offers.
We went back and forth trying to wrap our minds around this fact. God loves when we are transparent and real with Him, not just when we do what is expected of us.
We chewed on the thought that God doesn’t actually measure our “spirituality”. He doesn’t care to hold a tape measure or ruler against all we’ve done. He does not figure out whether to love us more or less. God doesn’t keep His distance until we’ve “cleaned” ourselves up. Nor does he figure out what we “should” have or “could” have done differently.
We tend to believe that we need to do something for Him in order for Him to find value in us.
It brings us back to the question: How do we live in grace each day?
Every day, we must wake up remembering that God’s biggest joy is our humble response and loving acknowledgement of who we would be without Him. This is how we live in grace each day!
- Humbly ask God to remind you throughout your day of His constant love for you.
- Spend some time remembering where you would be without Christ’s lavish sacrifice.
- Write down in a journal where you would be without Christ’s sacrifice. Then write down where you are with Christ’s sacrifice.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.John 3:16-17
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself forgetting how freeing grace is meant to be…it will be easy to go back to the thoughts that you need to perform for God’s affections. Challenge yourself to read more about grace, read Scripture and let it really sink in. Let His grace be your guide to a deeper relationship with Him….that’s how we will be living in Grace each day!!