#266: Power Play – Scandal of Grace

Heart and Ice Power Play - Scandal of grace

The church isn’t a museum for good people, it’s a hospital for the broken.  – Jefferson Bethke

Calling yourself a follower of Jesus doesn’t automatically make all temptations disappear.  It doesn’t mean that you won’t make mistakes every day, that you won’t trip and fall.  But Jesus went to the cross knowing that we would sin, and he paid the price for us anyway.  Grace is scandalous – we don’t deserve it, but He looked down and despite knowing all of our sins said, “I want that one.”

That’s why we don’t need to hide our weaknesses.  Being a Christian is about acknowledging that we are sinners and that God loves us anyway – Jesus has paid the price for our sins.  Romans 4:5 says: To the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.  We can’t earn God’s grace – the only way to qualify is to admit you don’t qualify.  If you trust him, your faith is counted as righteousness.

Game Plan:  Sometimes church can feel a little bit like a museum for good people – that we have to hide our mistakes and hide from the judgements of others.  But that’s not what being a Christian is about – it’s about acknowledging how weak we are in fighting our own sin and how much we need God’s grace.  Don’t try to hide your weaknesses, but delight in them.  Because it is through our weaknesses that we can acknowledge how greatly we need God and the love he freely gives.

 

Quote source: Jefferson Bethke, Jesus > Religion

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