So yesterday I had the pleasure of leading a Bible Study for ISCF at the Miller High school. Their topic was what does a Godly person looks like. So as I studied and thought I came to the conclusion that a Godly person's life must be soaked in GRACE!!! We as Christians need to first, ACCEPT the fact that there is nothing we can do! We must accept that God's love forgiveness and grace are just how it is. So accept it! God loves you and wants you to come to Him, not matter what else is going on in your life. You are covered in the blood of Jesus, and God views you as a saint! Now this doesn't mean we can abuse the grace of God. I like to think of it like Cindy Klassen (the Olympic Skater) After she won her first Gold, did she sit back and say, "Yeah, now I'm a gold medalist!" and then slack off for the rest of her races? NO! She said, now I'm a gold medalist and now I need to perform like won. In the same way, because God views us as saints we don't wallow in the grace of God, we don't abuse it... instead we push on to live like it!
The second thing that needs to mark us as Godly people is the ability to pass the grace God has shown us on to other people! Too often we as Christians are reluctant (or unable) to show other people (specifically people we don't like) the love, forgiveness, and grace that we have received from God. Yancey tells the story of a prostitute who came looking for help. When it was suggested to her that she should go to the church to get help, her response was, "Why would I go to the church, I already feel horrible!" We as people who are striving to be more like Christ need to reach out the hand of Grace. When Jesus met the woman caught in adultery did he condemn her? Nope! Did he say ANYTHING about her mistakes, her failures, her promiscuity? Nope!! He just said, "Woman where are your accusers? Did none of them condemn you? Then neither do I!" And then He says, "Now go and sin no more!" I think that we have this great fear as Christians that if we aren't telling people that they are wrong, or that they are living in sin, that then we are accepting what they are doing. But what we really are doing is driving people away from the Grace of God that says, "Come as you are, get to know me and THEN go and sin no more!" I believe that Matthew 18 has a strong warning for those of us who decide not to pass on the Grace of God to others.
Anyway that's all for now. I leave you this line to ponder for the rest of the day. I mean really think about what this means, "Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a WRETCH like me."