Rev. Zacek

Embrace righteous life in receipt of God’s grace

Published Nov 18, 2017 at 4:00pm

“Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God.

– Hebrews 12:15a

We like to talk about our great attempts to help the people in our lives who annoy us. “If they would just listen to me.”

“Let me tell you about the great lecture I gave my child and how strongly I told them they need to do all the right things.”

Everyone nods their heads in agreement at the sound advice and the foolish nature of the other person. We take comfort in the fact that “I told them.”  

The only problem is that approach seldom produces a productive result.  

It is likely that we have all been on both sides of that conversation. We talk like this about our workplace, our community, our government, our leaders, and sometimes even our children.

It’s the myth that humanity falls for over and over again. We believe that if we could elect the “right people”, establish the “right laws,” and if everyone would listen to the “right advice”, then our lives would be free of pain, tragedy, and disappointment. Of course, we always know what is right.  

How is that approach
working for you?

In the biblical narrative we see this scenario played out over and over. Men and women believe that rules or leaders will help them fulfill all of their dreams. If you don’t believe me that we do this just wait for the next problem to arise and listen for all of the new laws and plans that everyone around you will be championing.  

In Exodus when God invited the children of Israel freshly freed from their slavery in Egypt into a relationship with Him, their response was to send Moses. Tell Moses what we should do and we’ll listen to him. We like to insulate ourselves from the fire of the results of our decisions. The patience of God is so incredible with humanity.  

One could say that the historical story of scriptures purpose is to make the most
thorough case for the futility of that pursuit and the sufficiency of God’s love demonstrated to us in the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.

He says to us, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

The author of Hebrews says, “Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God.”

If we’re not careful we will miss the mark of life and think that what we do is all about our effort.

We will fail to receive the grace of God. It’s His grace that saves us sinners and empowers us to live righteous, but it must be received.  

Jesus presents a radical relational construct. It is all held together by Him and we are invited in to enjoy all the benefits.

In Christ we are freed from the bondage of performance, shame, and condemnation.

Will we respond to His invitation to know life and receive His grace?