This struck me hard for many reasons both past and present.
The chords of my past – “It’s more than a rescue…”
When I was baptized at the age of 14, I thought that Christ had completely freed me from my sin and forgiven me for everything, BUT I didn’t completely understand it. So for years following, I lived in slavery to doing things right. I lived in a works based system. From minute to minute, I was saved and then not because I messed up. (At least that’s how I thought about it.) I would pray that I would be forgiven, get it right and live a perfect life. It wasn’t until years later that I finally understood an amazing truth that scripture reveals but I didn’t understand:
Yes, by grace we are saved. That I knew. I understood it was Christ’s amazing love for us that brought Him from heaven to the cross, but I didn’t understand that grace carries me throughout life. Grace does not stand there in condemnation from minute to minute. Grace says you are not perfect and I forgive you anyway. You never will be perfect. Instead, God’s grace gives us the One as our counselor who is THE PERFECTER of our FAITH.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
-Paul, Ephesians 2:8-9
So now, I throw my hands up worries down…
I Can Throw My Hands Up
I Remember When He Showed Me How
To Break Up With My Doubt
Once I was lost but now I’m found
No Strings Attached When He Saved My Soul
I Want You To Know The God I Know
Oh, You Gotta Know
Oh, The God I Know
-from The Love & the Outcome’s song The God I Know
In every moment, I’m free and alive. I don’t have to worry about my salvation because it is found in my faith in Christ Jesus! He is the living Son of God, who died on the cross and rose from the dead taking Satan’s hold of death from us who believe. We are free! All of us who have given our life to Christ. So, if you have found yourself living in the bonds of slavery to works in order to find salvation, study this deeper so you can allow Jesus to set you free in Him!
Yes, our faith will lead us to wonderful deeds that glorify Christ, but we have to understand it is not our deeds that save us. It is the gift of grace through our faith in Christ Jesus that saves.
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
Lord, we can’t even begin to thank you for your immense love for us. For freely gifting us your grace, mercy and eternal forgiveness. You have found the only way to reconcile us to you and you did it because you loved us so much. Let our love for you be evident through our actions. Help us to grow stronger spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally day by day so that we can combat the lies that Satan uses to keep us enslaved. Only you have true freedom and your freedom is a gift that we cannot earn. Thank you for this magnificent gift and help us to see it for what it truly is. Let us appreciate it, praise you for it, and share the grace that you have so freely given us. In the One who gifts grace to all who believe in Him – Amen!
If you haven’t listened to this song, The God I Know, now is the perfect chance. How does it speak to your heart? Don’t you just want to throw your hands up and your worries down and trust God with your entire being?