What is your understanding of grace? Among John Wesley views of prevenient, justifying, and sanctifying grace, Wesley understood grace as God's active presence in our lives. What a liberating thought of God's reconciling and fulfilling grace! In the 11th chapter of Matthew's account of the Good News, Jesus makes the statement, "Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." In other words, "...just come to me as you are."
As we move through the Lenten Journey, it's easy to beat ourselves up over our sins as we seek personal holiness in view of our Creator, but God's grace says, "come as you are." We could spend our whole lives seeking perfection, but that's not what grace is about. Our God is not a God of yesterdays, keeping a ledger of each act of sin. If we truly believe in God's justifying and sanctifying grace, then these shortcomings become a "non-issue," and irrelevant. Our worship team, Revelation has presented in worship a song by the band, Mercy Me titled, "Greater." In the middle section of the tune, we have this statement, "There'll be days I lose the battle but grace says that it doesn't matter, because the cross has already won the war!" While we, as disciples of Christ, do seek to live a "christ-like life" out of our love, devotion, and obedience to our Redeemer, it is never about gaining merit or favor with God. Grace tells us that there is nothing we can ever do to cause God to love us any less, and there is nothing we can ever do that will make God love us any more! If we are constantly working to achieve perfection in Christ before coming to him, we will never make it. Jesus words resonate... "come to me."
Take some time and listen to the song in the video above. Are you heavy burdened today? Come to Christ. "Earth has no sorrow that heaven can't heal."
"Lay down your heart, lay down your heart.... come as you are."