20 January 2012

Free From Everything

Because of Christ's work on your behalf, God doesn't dwell on your sin the way you do.-Tullian Tchvidjian

Since you have become a Christian, you put on the right face and you say the right words. You tell people that Christianity is all about faith and grace and Jesus. You tell others that your life has been transformed by him. Sometimes, you actually believe that. Other times, though, you struggle to believe. You wonder how your life could still be such a mess. The thought begins to creep in, am I really saved? You begin to question if your feeble faith is really enough for someone like you, someone who cannot seem to stop sinning.

And so you try harder. You work to prove yourself to God and, I suppose, to yourself. You want to show yourself to be worthy before God. You want to live the "Christian life". You want to kick in your fair share to your salvation and so you work harder.

But then you fall again.

And become discouraged again.

The message of the gospel frees you from always trying harder to prove yourself. If you are a Christian, you have been proven worthy in Christ. There is no doubt that your life will continue to be transformed, but that transformation comes not from working harder at following the law, but from knowing Christ more intimately.

Acts 13:39 reads, "and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses." Savor the words of that verse.

"By him everyone". That means you, if you believe in Christ. Read it again, that means you.

"Is freed from everything". Christian, God does not free you part way. He does not remove some of the burden and then leave you to clean up the rest. You are "freed from everything" that following the law could not free you from.

Free. From. Everything.
Daily Reading: Matthew 28, Numbers 31, 1 Corinthians 15, Revelation 12, Job 6, Psalm 3, Proverbs 3, 2 Chronicles 6, Hosea 1, Acts 13

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