Don’t be misled by my blog, my Facebook and twitter feeds. Don’t be fooled by my house, my minivan, my church, my family or my face. I am not a Christian because I am better, stronger, faster, wiser or more organized. I am a Christian because I got to the end of my rope. I couldn’t survive on my own. I tried. It didn’t work.
“We come to Christ because we are desperate for grace, starving for grace, needy for grace. The Body of Christ is for the sick, for the broken, for the diseased, for the unrighteous. There are no other categories. There is only scandalous grace.”
I need God because, even though I can’t fully comprehend my own wickedness, I do know that I am wretched. I know my trespasses warrant a one way ticket to hell eternally. I know from the tips of my toes to the top of my head that there is absolutely nothing I can do or say that can buy redemption (even though sometimes I still find myself trying to). There is only one way that I’m going to make it.
I need Jesus’ righteousness. I need God’s sacrifice. I need the holiness of the Holy Spirit. I want to find joy, to be fulfilled, to have peace, to thrive and He is the only way. I can’t live without Him.
The scandal of free grace is God’s love of sinners, God’s love of His enemies, His love of the worst kinds of evil people.”“
That is who I am apart from Christ. I am a sinner, I am His enemy, I am the worst kind of person. What you are seeing now, the person I am trying to become, the person I want to become has absolutely nothing to do with who I am and everything to do with who He is. In my future, I will fall and trip and screw up. It will be embarrassing. It will get messy. But it is going to be ok. This life isn’t like the life I lived before. I don’t have to be afraid anymore. It already is ok.
Read this wonderful post by Pastor Sumpter, Scandalous Grace. There is freedom to be found there.