Monday, August 07, 2017
Your Place In God's Parade
The attempt to “pay Him back” for all that He has done for you is an unintended rejection of His intention with you: to prove how perfect He is toward everyone by His undeserved and lavish generosity with you. Parading you is how He gets credit.
So when people introduce obligation between you and God—“After all God has done for you, how can you not give your all for Him?”—not only are we robbed of the fullness and joy of God’s grace, but so is He.
The apostle Paul wrote that God “canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:14-15).
God went public! How cool is it when we do too? In other words, He has taken away everything against you, and He wants everyone to know all about it—heavenly rulers and authorities, as well. Jesus took away not only your debt, but also the laws you broke which would have proved it. There is no evidence of you ever being a law-breaker, of you ever being in trouble with Him, or of you ever owing God anything. He did that at the cross!
God’s grace never creates debt; God’s grace always pays debt. Knowing that is the perfect motivator for you, His new creation. Maybe you’re feeling joy and freedom right now because I’m reminding you about how awesome He is toward you. That’s how He sort of “comes alive” in you and to you—and to others. So let’s not introduce anything that diminishes God’s triumphant grace parade. You’re front and center, and He’s got you parading in front of an important audience.
(This is a transcript of yesterday’s video, “Your Place In God’s Parade”, and is for those who might rather read than watch. To see the video, click https://youtu.be/xghbA7u56cw.)