Contrary to mainstream’s fear or belief of licentious grace, GRACE does not demand any lesser than the law. In fact, grace DEMANDS and EXPECTS more.
Jesus always pointed out that the law focuses on our performance and OUTWARD behavior manipulation, but grace focuses on our heart and INWARD transformation that manifests outwardly.
The law places demands on you and I, we are thus ENSLAVED by guilt, fear, shame and condemnation because of our weaknesses. But grace places that heavy demand on CHRIST, and not on you and I… Halleujah!
For we can NEVER meet the glorious standard of God that the law demands.
But by grace, CHRIST on our behalf fulfills that demand which took HIS LIFE and consequently, sets us FREE. That is a COSTLY demand that allows us through our faith in His Son, to become the righteousness of God!
Today I had a fresh encounter with the grace of God.
It became more apparent of how without the grace of God, I would not be where I am today.
I can truly say that I am who I am, and I’m doing what I’m doing because of the grace of God working in my life.
For who would imagine that it could be possible for me to be living and working in Vietnam?
For who would imagine that it could be possible for me to part of God’s redemptive plan for Vietnam?
For who would imagine that it could be possible for me to be meeting some of the people who I got to know and serve with in Vietnam of whom I know that I would not have met in normal circumstances?
I can only say that it is His grace that makes an unworthy person like me to be considered worthy to be used by God.
It is His grace that humbles me to acknowledge Jesus as Lord and compels me to live a life of submission to His will.
G.R.A.C.E…. God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.
But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste. Haven’t I worked hard trying to do more than any of the others?
Even then, my work didn’t amount to all that much. It was God giving me the work to do, God giving me the energy to do it.
So whether you heard it from me or from those others, it’s all the same: We spoke God’s truth and you entrusted your lives.
1 Corinthians 15:10-11 (The Message)