If you've walked at all in the glory of the grace of God, you have probably been accused of teaching “cheap grace” or “easy believism.” Well, let me tell you something friend, His grace is nothing of the sort!
When Adam sinned, he believed the lie that he should be his own god, he believed the lie that he could provide his own source of life. Adam, up until this point, had lived in an economy of receiving. He was created halfway through the sixth day, so his first full day of life was the day of rest! He went out to work on day eight, but not to achieve anything. He was working simply because it was the divine ethic - God works. God is working right now holding all things together and if He takes a day off, the universe blows to bits!
So, Adam worked from a position of rest, he was working from a position of already possessing everything. But now that he's made the choice to be like God, all of that has changed. He's now in an economy of achieving. He thinks, tell me what to do and I’ll do it, or tell me what not to do, and I won’t do that thing - that’s the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Of course, there's a huge assumption with all of this, which is that man is going to be able to pull it off. This is how every man and every woman lives on this planet, performing for life, performing for love, performing for acceptance, performing for significance, performing for an identity.
The Cross of Jesus Christ has changed all that, beloved! At the Cross we died with Him, we have risen with Him, and we’re placed into union with Him.
We no longer live for God, but instead, we live from Him.
“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.”
Colossians 2:6 (NASB)
We’ve received grace, through faith, and so we also walk in grace, through faith. And I'm here to tell you, my friend, there is nothing easy about that!
One of the most difficult things you will ever do is to deny your own ability and instead, trust His ability; to say no to your resources and lean on the resources of God. In the words of John the Baptist,
“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
John 3:30 (NASB)
Those are our marching orders for life. God is not impressed with our cheap imitation of His Life. What God made way for in the New Covenant was for us to have His Life in us, and experienced by us and expressed through us by faith.
There is no such thing as cheap grace, and there is no such thing as easy believism. As we encounter life, we must say no to our resources and yes to His, and that requires diligent confidence and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. May you walk today, in the powerful grace of God.
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