I really like this and it was a great reminder to me that we are here to manage not our stuff but God’s. We must have an open heart and be willing to surrender as we say we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior. We need to function with the Spirit’s lead and not our own. This is so hard for us to do because we have been taught our entire lives that we can get what we want and work to get what we deserve. That mentality has made us self-centered and internally focused and we think we have to get ourselves through everything in our lives and that is false.
After I was done reading 1 John (I suggest everyone read it) I was thinking how people have it wrong when they think, well we are all sinners saved by grace. I think that is the easy way out and a way that leads us to okay our sins. It doesn’t motivate us to be Christ-like, it gives us an excuse to mess up. When we say we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior we have the grace of God that empowers us to live our lives not sinning and following the Spirit’s lead. 1 John chapter 2 verse 1 says, “My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.” Because of Adam we have sin but because of Jesus we have strength and the ability not to sin.
When we mature and know we are not God and can’t control our situations we surrender and we go to God and say not my will be done. Then we open our hearts to understand that Jesus, fully God and fully human did nothing without asking and hearing from the Father and we are called to do the same. God’s grace not only shows His forgiveness to us but it should drive our every step. 1 John chapter 2 verses 5-6 say, “But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love Him. This is how we know we are living in Him. Those who say they live in God should live their live as Jesus did.”
True surrender takes letting go and following. I was thinking of grace and as I looked at Ephesians chapter 2 verses 8-10 it stood out to me how much more it is. “God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so no one of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” His grace is what moves us not to sin it’s not US stopping an addiction or bad habit. We can get up daily and say, God I come to you with my struggles and I ask you to guide me and help me with my choices. When we do this and seek His way His grace compels us to not sin and it can be done. God intends us to be different and change and that is what His grace can do for us. It is not just Him sending His Son because we were sinners, its sending His Son as an example so we don’t sin.
We hear the truth and we know we can’t do it on our own so we turn to Him and live victoriously as God’s children. I want to end in Revelation chapter 3 verse 21 where Jesus says, “Those who are victorious will sit with Me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on His throne.” Amen