It’s Monday Grace!
Sin is the big issue for believers and the church. Right? Wrong!
I know that some preachers and teachers make sin the focus of their ministry. I know that sin is the foremost thing on the minds of many who call themselves Christians. They create boundaries for their lives, accountability structures, and new habits to try to avoid sin. They become open to any teaching that offers to help them stop sinning. Their Christian life is all about managing sin.
But is sin the foremost thing on the mind of God? That’s a resounding NO!
No, the foremost thing on the mind of God is you! I realize some preachers don’t like that, but everything in the Bible says it is true. Jesus came for you. The warnings against sin are to protect you. The call to reconciliation is because God loves you. From beginning to end, the Bible tells the story of how God seeks to save and restore those who were lost in the fall. That’s why Jesus came.
Jesus rescued us from sin. Jesus conquered sin. Jesus has cleansed us from sin. Jesus has set us free from sin. Jesus has put away sin.
Think about that. That means God dealt with our sin in Jesus. That’s what it was all about. The incarnation, the earthly ministry, the cross, the resurrection. All about dealing with sin for us. God became man to rescue us from sin’s power.
And it worked!
Sin is not the focus of the heart of God, nor should it be the focus of the thoughts of believers. Sure, sin is bad. Sin hurts you and the people in your life. Don’t sin. But, if you do, remember the love of God that overcame the power of sin in your life.
Sin is a defeated enemy. I know it doesn’t feel like it when you are in the battle. I know the evil one wants you to believe you are just as stuck, just as bound, as you have ever been. But look to Jesus and find the freedom He came to give. And look to Him to see the forgiveness He has already given you.
It’s not about sin. It’s about the grace of God’s love for us.
And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.
1 John 3:5
But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1:7
He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.
Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.
Two New Books!
Believe it or not, I have two new books on Amazon! I find myself to be a better writer than marketer, but I want you to know about these two new books.
The first is a book that has been in the works for a long time. I call it “Practical Grace.” The idea is that such an important topic should be relevant to our daily lives. Not everything in life seems limited to the spiritual realm. We struggle in relationships, with our mortality, with getting through the day. Does grace matter day by day? Yes! God cares about your real-life struggle. His grace is for you.
The second book is meant to be for those who have understood the message of grace in the past, maybe you took a class or read something about God’s grace but have found it hard to stay on track. It is so easy to slip back into a performance system. It is also easy to become discouraged. This book will give you five “touchpoints” to which you can return often as you walk your journey through life.