"ANTI-DEVO" - Day 6 - Need vs Grace

If you have been following along at all over the week, you probably have got my point. My point is our motivation is not need, but should be want.

The largest discrepancy between need and want can be explained in that Greek word in red, cariƟ which means grace. We have heard the term grace a lot, yet I don't think many of us really understand it. I grew up in a Christian home, went to a Christian high school and a Christian college but until recently I never really knew the full meaning of grace.

(I will try to keep this short and summarized.)
Often the word grace is used as the summary of the entire good news of Jesus. However, grace is not mercy or simply kindness. Rather, grace means that there is nothing we can do (or not do) that will change how God views us. No matter how "good" or "bad" we are God unconditionally and radically loves us. We cannot earn anymore love or do anything that will remove one ounce of His love. The "best" Christian leader in the world is not loved by God anymore that the "worst" people.
This does not mean that God is a pushover. Great parents love their kids equally and unconditionally. Likewise, this doesn't mean kids can walk all over the parents. While kids can disobey and ‘do their own thing,’ their parents still love them. God is much better parent than anyone on earth and His love is a lot greater than ours as well.

(Trying to wrap this up.)
While this post can't full encapsulate grace, I do hope to explain how it changes everything. If and when we get our minds around grace it does two things:

1.) The first thing it does is it frees us from trying harder or doing things out of a sense of requirement - we are free to do whatever we want. While your mind might lend itself to "does that mean I can do _____ and still be a Christian?" I assure you this misses the point. If my wife tells me that she loves me no matter what I could ever do, does that mean I take that freedom and cheat on her? No. If I get my mind around that love, I am motivated to love her as much as I can. In turn, I am motivated by her love to be the best husband I can be – not out of requirement.

2.) The second grace does is make us humble. It completely removes the pride in ourselves. No matter how hard we try, we can't earn more of God’s love. Because He cannot love us more than He already does, this removes the motivation of pride. As we talked about in an earlier post, God works in us, to will and to work, giving us the desire and the power to do His work. We can't take the credit for it.

(In conclusion)
When we get our mind around grace, everything changes - it transforms us into a new person. If we allow ourselves to be motivated by grace, we starting doing things because of desire and not requirement. On top of that, it is not us doing the work, but Jesus working in and through us.

For by grace you have been saved through faith ; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God ; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. -Ephesians 2:8-10
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