Friday, June 5, 2009
Who Am I?
I am a recovering Pharisee. I spent the first half of my life trying to "live a Christian life." Now, I'm learning to enjoy "being" a Christian. Anything good that I do or anything bad that I avoid is now flowing out of an overwhelming gratitude for the amazing grace and mercy that God poured out on me through the sacrifice of His only Son, Christ Jesus. I am no longer trying to EARN my salvation, now that it has finally sunk in that my Lord Jesus already purchased it, PAID IN FULL, on the cross! Now, I'm experiencing the joy of being freed from bondage, one chain at a time, by setting my focus on Him and the good news (Gospel) of what He has done for me. This has been 100% more effective than the vicious cycle of trying harder, failing, numbing the guilt with yet another sinful behavior, and then trying once again to break free. By abandoning this futile pursuit of trying to attain righteousness and instead dwelling on the truth of God's grace, I have found that Jesus Christ TRULY is the answer!