Legalism and moralism are subtle yet destructive enemies to a humble walk with Jesus. I say they are subtle because sometimes they masquerade as deep devotion and commitment. They are destructive because their effects, pride or condemnation, have profoundly impacted contemporary Christianity. I was one of their victims. Subtle enemies require a bold defense. That bold defense is a decision to turn back to the Cross of Christ the Savior and lean on God’s grace instead of our own abilities and efforts as the means to secure God’s blessing. This blog is simply a place to think out-loud and share my learning and experiences with anyone willing to take this journey with me.
I have come to realize that for much of my 20 years as a Christian, I have derived my personal identity from living up to an image (an idol) that I created in my mind. It was the image of a “good Christian.” Recently I heard the clarion call of the Holy Spirit; with the help of some of the leading voices in the Church today. I realized that these faithful brothers had an understanding of the gospel and grace that was significantly deeper and fuller than my own. What I had come to believe over the years was that the gospel was simply the truth that we believed to “get saved” and, in the day-to-day life of a Christian, grace was what I needed when my effort to be holy fell short.
I didn’t know how wrong I was or how thirsty I had become until I stumbled, panting and parched, upon the inexhaustible oasis of God’s grace. It was then that the idol I had previously erected began to crumbly under the weight of my self-righteousness and the realization of the depth of the sin that still remained in me. But it was also then that I saw, for the first time in a long time, my perpetual need for the Good News of the gospel of Jesus and the endless supply of grace that it affords. I realized that the gospel was not for the unbeliever only. It is for me – and I need it every day. It was when that truth became a reality to me that I was truly, wholly, finally free.
That is what Grace Impact is about. Join me on the journey into the fathomless depths of the amazing grace of God.