This last week I celebrated my 55th birthday. Wow…. where does all of the time go—huh? In the Hebrew language, the number (5) represents God’s grace. So, this year, I said that I am living out my life with a double-portion of His grace upon me, or living from grace to grace.
As a child of God, we all have the ability to acknowledge and to live under God’s grace or unmerited favor, but many choose to deny His grace for lack of wisdom. Others abuse that grace by ignoring His will and doing what they want to do, proclaiming it is all under the blood. Truth is, I stopped doing what I wanted to do a long time ago. Since Jesus is the Lord of my life, He gets to tell me what I am going to do and not do. I don’t get to call the shots. Naturally, the Lordship of Christ is evident in the life of a believer when they have decided to call Him Lord and follow His ways.
As a believer, living on this side of the cross means living under His grace. It means that I have accepted the fact that I need His grace to sustain me. Today, in the hyper-grace environment, we find all kinds of behaviors being condoned as acceptable. Should anyone who is walking with Christ as Lord suggest that such behavior is questionable, they are labeled a judgmental Pharisee or worse. When we have church leaders sleeping with church members, youth and young adults throwing beer busts all in the name of Jesus, and wickedness seething into the mortar of our churches, we have a bigger problem than one could ever have anticipated. Hyper-grace teachers flaunt what they call their ability to sin, because they say God’s grace has covered it. Meanwhile, at the ranch, the world looks at the Church wondering that we have that they do not have, and decide they are far better off. At least they are not hypocritical.
Righteous Living Is the Fruit of Grace
Pastor Andre van der Merwe says, “We are not propagating immorality, because if we truly believe in God and love Him there will be corresponding works (because faith without works is dead).”
I agree wholeheartedly, but how many believers understand that the fruit of our faith is righteous living?
As a Christian leader, I cannot take risks with my Christian witness, nor can I allow there any room for misinterpretation of my actions or deeds. My old man cares less and less of what others are thinking, while my born again man realizes that I am not living out life unnoticed by the lost. If my actions, words or behavior is questionable to a lost person, I may very well be leading them on to hell, even if my intentions are quite the opposite.
The difference between walking in His grace and hyper-grace religion has everything to do with our character. There will always be those seeking an easier way, an excuse or viable permission to do what they want to do. The sinful man constantly seeks ways to please the flesh, but the spirit man seeks ways to please God.
Grace Edifies The Body of Christ
We are called as believers, to edify the Body of Christ, but too many of us are into edifying ourselves. That is why Paul said “All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.” (1 Corinthians 10:23)
I love the law of God and I love the grace of God, because in my life there is a keen balance that keeps me in the very palm of His hand where I will shall not waiver.
by Jane Morin
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