Revealing Grace

Sometimes we don’t like what we see when the light of Christ shines on our lives. It’s at those times we can absolutely relate to Peter when he cried out, “Depart from me, I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (Luke 5:8). Yet, this is simply a part of our maturing process.

As Christ reveals Himself more to us, we become more cognizant of our woefully inferior position to Him, so much that we experience “fear and great trembling” (Psalm 119:120; Joel 3:16; Philippians 2:12). But it is these encounters where God prepares us to dwell with Him forever.

Remember how Israel was given the promise to dwell in the Promised Land, yet there was still a time of preparation during their sojourn. An entire generation would be wiped away due to murmuring and insolence as God taught obedience to His children. Likewise, until we truly possess our eternal dwelling with our Lord, our faith too will be tested and refined, full of times of hardship and frustration, sin and redemption.

Why does it have to be that way?

Much like the Israelites of then, we face an exodus from the mind to our hearts that requires us to be honest with ourselves. We must face and conquer sin’s dominion over our lives. Within us lies the power as a child of Christ, but far too many of us squelch this power in preference to our own attempts through self-will. No work we perform can ever grant us salvation and it seems to be counter-intuitive to us as humans to fully understand God’s grace.

However, our minds must be focused on this grace of Christ (1 Peter 1:13), for without this we would simply be overwhelmed by our sinful natures. Let us remember God’s great mercy and His faithfulness toward us, lest we shrink from Him when He commands us to draw near.

God has demonstrated His love for us by giving us His Son (John 3:16; Romans 5:8). It is the work of the Holy Spirit to cleanse us; our job is simply to yield to His cleansing and hold fast to our faith. Because of His love, we can become honest about our weaknesses and bring our sins before the throne of God’s great grace.

This is how we attain purpose in life that is in harmony with His will. We witness to the Truth of Christ and the lie of our old selves, and instead of being overwhelmed, we take comfort knowing that the grace of God is upon us.

Instead of shuddering when the light of Christ exposes us, we need to focus on His grace. Satan may tell us that we are condemned, but when we are faithful to confess and repent (2 Corinthians 7:11; 1 John 1:9), we know of a grace that can cover every sin (Romans 8:1).

Need something to pray for today? Thank your Creator and Redeemer for the unmerited favor you receive each and every day.