Oh sweet and glorious grace.  Saving my wicked heart since ’94.  A grace so wide and so deep that we can’t even fathom the depths of what Christ has done for us.  Deserving of nothing more than death but yet we’re given life.  Can I get an amen?

And yet, despite the realization of this gift, we seem to choose sin.  We choose sin because we like it.  Because it’s safe, it’s comfortable, it’s familiar.  We are born sinners, so it makes sense that we would choose it when given a choice.  Romans 7:15 says, “I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”  We know that sin is not where we were made to dwell.  Sin is death.  And yet, here we are, up to our necks in the filth and misery that sin creates.  Searching for answers, we look to good works to save us.  Surely, the amount of good we do on this earth can save us from our wretchedness.  We search and search, high and low, for something that might save us.  Amidst our searching, peace and love continue to become rarities.  Nations crumble, the environment falters, and hope slowly slips away.  Our crowded and busy lives begin to fill the cracks of our minds, turning our focus from Him, to us.  Me and I.  Words that have taken the place of Him and Savior and King.

The ironic thing about defeating sin is that we must die to defeat sin.  Wait, didn’t I just say that sin is death?  That we are crushed due to the heaviness of our sin?  I did.  But we must die to Christ in order to break the chains of our sin.  Christ calls us to die so that we might live.  To forget our former life and step forward into a life of love and grace dedicated to the Savior.  We have to kill our former self, to move forward willing to sacrifice everything for the Gospel.  This is why we choose familiarity and comfort.  Why we search the surface of the earth for something to save us.  We can’t face losing our earthly lives and possessions, even if we gain eternal life.  It is simply too hard and too much.

This is where the insane and undeserving gift of grace comes in.  We are failures, beaten and bloody, with no sign of victory.  Then, Christ stands in front of us with an outstretched hand saying, “Get up, and follow Me.”  There isn’t an asterisk next to Him.  There aren’t terms & conditions we have to sign and agree to.  We must simply follow.  Our past failures, inadequacies, and defeats are wiped off the table.  They are of the past.  The desperate searching is finished.  We must simply lay down our life and follow.  It’s so freeing to know that I’m forgiven.  To know that my past, present, and future failures have been taken care of.  It allows us to follow.  And in reality, it’s a really simple thing to do, to follow.  Yet, I know that I and everyone else will fail.  After we’ve again arrived at rock bottom, Christ’s hand will appear.  “Get up, and follow Me.”

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”  Hebrews 4:16