I know it’s been some time since I last wrote anything. 11 days, I believe.
Life has been a whirlwind and so much has happened in these past two weeks that I’m still trying to regain my footing. Truthfully, this blog hasn’t been on my mind much, but I think I know why: God has been teaching and refining me lately. Nothing is a surprise to God, but my goodness, was all of this a surprise to us. I’m excited to say that I’ll be taking the pulpit for at least the next two weeks and I’ve been working on a new sermon series entitled “Rehab: Healing the Hurts in Life.” I’ve been praying and thinking a lot about what I want to cover in this, but one theme that didn’t hit me until today was this: grace.
But let’s take that to a different level: cheap grace. That term was coined by theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and is described by him as “forgiveness without requiring repentance” and “absolution without personal confession.” Too often I sin and in the
back front of my mind, I think, “Oh, no worries, I’ll be forgiven/am already forgiven.” It embarrasses me to even write that. Seriously. Did Christ seriously die on the cross for people like me to just throw caution to the wind and say, “Oops, sinned again, but I’m good. I’m saved?” I’m a freaking youth pastor, for crying out loud! How have I become so hardened by this?
I think many Christians begin to feel this way at times when they don’t experience God’s grace on a daily basis. Or, maybe it’s when people FORGET what God’s grace is! What pit did God pull your sorry self out of when you got saved? Drugs? Porn? Alcohol? Sex? The moment you experienced was a moment of grace since, after all, you were saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). Grace was given despite the fact that we didn’t deserve it. Yet, we blow through it like we just won the lottery! Grace was given to save us from sin, not excuse it. So, years have passed since you got saved, trials have come and gone, yet the grace God gives has not changed; you have, He hasn’t. Fellow brother or sister in faith, what sin have you allowed God to pick up the bill for without even asking Him to? Do you just shove the bill over to God without even looking or saying a word? Or do you genuinely ask Him to cover the multitude of sins you have committed and ask Him to continue to sanctify you into the Christ-follower you were called to be?