Grace plus other stuff

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This weekend I have been busy preparing notes for a Doctrine Class and I have been struck again how we like to add to the Gospel message. Grace is never enough for us– throughout the centuries we have added in different traditions, different hoops to jump through. Why do we do that?

The message of Jesus dying for our sins is too scandalous for us to accept?  I think that is part of it, but form my prospective it is also a control issue.

If we truly believe that Jesus paid the price for our sins – that He did everything and all we need to do is accept Him – we loose control. And that is tough. I like to be in control – I think we all have a mini dictator inside who wants to rule our world and set our rules. But God doesn’t behave that way – He sweeps our little red carpets we are strutting on out from under our feet. He says I have done it all – and some days that is hard to accept – I feel useless and helpless – like I really am – I just don’t like feeling that way. 

Romans 5:1-2 1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

It is only though faith in Jesus that we have salvation – nothing I can do can add to what He has already done on the cross. I think so often we are like drowning people trying to save ourselves instead of lying back and letting our rescuer drag is to safety. I read in a post other day

“Be kind to yourself. The Church doesn’t need another saviour”

Lord help me give up the struggling to save myself when You have already done it. Help me surrender and let Your grace carry me. 

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