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Living in God’s Grace

God's freely-given grace

Not to be earned, but to be received.

“And the angel said to those who were standing before him, ‘Remove the filthy garments from him.’ And to him he said, ‘Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure investments.”

Zecharaiah 3:4, ESV

 

The beauty of the gospel is that it is the story of God’s grace and mercy that we could never earn. He freely gives both grace and mercy to those who follow Him. The gift of salvation was bought by the blood of Jesus and is given to us free of charge, no strings attached. I know this truth, yet for some reason, I always circle back to the feeling that I need to earn God’s favor.

God’s grace is simply too good to be true. Just have faith in Him? That seems too easy.

I fall back into the worry and fear that I am not good enough and I have made too many mistakes for God to really love me. Satan gladly points out every sin and mistake that I make, and I quickly believe the lie that I need to make up for my sins– to put enough “good” on the scale to counter the weight of my sin. Suddenly I find myself consumed by the thoughts I ought to do this and if only I didn’t do that. I stress, wondering what would be if only I would pray more, be a better witness, or spend more time in the Word. The “do’s” and “dont’s” pile up when I try to earn the favor of God whose standards I can never live up to.

What has happened here? Where did I go wrong? The story of God’s grace-what Christ has done for us- became all about me and what I need to do.

As we read in Zecharaiah 3:1-5, Joshua stood before the Lord and Satan in his filthy garments and there was nothing he cold do. His sins were exposed for all to see. Yet Jesus stepped in. He rebuked Satan, clothed Joshua with clean robes, and declared, “I have taken your iniquity away from you.” Joshua’s rescue was not his own doing; it was God’s grace and mercy reaching out to provide the justification and salvation he could never earn, that he did not deserve.

We can never earn God’s grace, and that’s okay! We have been washed, sanctified, and justified in Christ (1 Cor. 6:9-11). Because we don’t have to spend our lives seeking His approval, we can gladly choose to serve Him without fear or worry. Today, simply rest in the truth that you are saved by God’s freely-given grace. We are not slaves working to earn His favor but sons and daughters who are free to live in His grace.

 

 

Trey Northrop, WSC for Boys