April 10, 2014
“But instead he sacrificed himself once and for all, summing up all the other sacrifices in this sacrifice of himself, the final solution of sin.” Hebrews 9:26 The Message
No matter how many times we hear this truth: Jesus once and for all sacrificed himself for your sins … we still lean toward thinking that there is something left for “me” to do. Why do we do it? Maybe because we’re reminded everyday of our flaws .. the way we think about others .. the way we think about ourselves .. and the ways we substitute self-effort for faith. It is incredible really. Jesus has covered once-and-for-all every sin of your life. And God doesn’t hold it over your life as a prize you might fail to win. In fact, He announces that the war is over .. the walls between you and Him are down .. and the way back to Him is paved with grace. You start today just like you did yesterday: completely covered. There’s nothing unfinished for you to do. The “old you” is constantly whispering that there is an endless list to complete .. old debts still owed .. and God just can’t be that good! Where you live and work actually become an open invitation to see the finished work of Christ. Yes .. You still have flaws .. face temptations .. and fail to live in the cross-secured freedom found in Jesus. But you don’t take matters into your own hands. You look at Jesus and are reminded again that He endured every hostility associated with your life. Yes .. There are weary moments and seasons. There are moments of losing heart. And it always happens when we take our eyes off Jesus and compare ourselves to the world around us. But God is so faithful to draw us back to what matters: walking in trust with Jesus for today. A one-armed .. one-eyed man named Clebe McClary hands out his business card that says: “I am a nobody, telling everybody, that there is Somebody, who can save anybody” Jesus wants to be the final solution and the first resource of your life today. It only takes a moment ..
“For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:3 New American Standard
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Anybody following Jesus (firstname.lastname@example.org) thanks to Skott Smith for reminding me of Clebe.