WE DO IT ALL THE TIME. We know that Jesus Christ is our Savior, that His death and Resurrection purchased our salvation, yet caught up in circumstances beyond our control, in physical and mental health crises, we resort to self-effort to dig our way out.
Our freedom becomes earnable and based on knowledge we’ve gained, personal talents and strengths. Or we chastise ourselves for our lack of them.
We should be better educated or more well-connected socially. We ought to pray for a certain length of time or read “this” many verses before bedtime. We must force ourselves to do what goes against our consciences, outside of our personalities, or we must give up what we enjoy because in our minds, that’s the reason why we are in our predicament.
Before long, we find ourselves on a detour from the path of righteousness, our shoes wrapped in seaweed, unsure how we got there. We got there because we’ve tried to earn grace.
Ask yourself this—IS CHRIST ENOUGH? Was His disfigurement, the bruises He wore, the anguish and pain He suffered not a high enough cost? Our freedom was purchased with Jesus’ blood, and it doesn’t need any personal or religious rigmarole to earn it. We can’t earn it.
God does ask our obedience. The Word of God is full of instructions toward spiritual maturity. We are to live a godly life. BUT OBEDIENCE TO GOD WILL NEVER REQUIRE US TO SUPPLEMENT THE WORK OF CHRIST. We cannot heal ourselves. God paid the price at His own expense in order to give us His eternal life and abundant blessings.
And the blessings are FREE. The only requirement to having a healed and successful future is to have faith in who He is and believe.
"Christ has set us free to live a free life." (Galatians 5:1 MSG)
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God." (Ephesians 2:8)
*For more encouragement, READ "THE SAME PRESENCE".
Suzanne D. Williams, Author