This post may ruffle a few Gospel feathers. Mostly, those of the “religious” or “legalistic” way of thinking, but there may be a few who think they are neither of these that get a little puffed up about what I’m about to share.
My intention isn’t to cause a stir…or maybe it is, I don’t know. Sometimes a little stir can be a good thing. It can shake up what you think you know and cause you to look at things from a different perspective. In that case, I may be trying to stir things up. When God stirred me up, I was set free.
I read three posts and comments this week on social media that made me sigh. Not only were they posted but a lot of people agreed with them, and I suppose on the surface they sounded really, really good but it made me realize just how many people still need to hear the message of grace, The Good News, the true Gospel. The posts were all missing one thing, the person of Jesus.
I’m supposing at this point you want to know what the heck I’m getting at and what those posts said,
I’m about to tell you, right below:
“My kids were arguing a lot this week and then I realized that we hadn’t prayed as family all week, so we really need to pray together.”
“I’m feeling empty lately maybe it’s because I haven’t been to church in two weeks.”
“I haven’t picked up my Bible in days, thats got to be why I’ve been fighting with my husband.”
Guess what I see in all of these, I, I, I, I…everything points to what we think we must do. The Gospel is the Good News and it points to Jesus and what He already did.
Before you want to throw stones at me, hear me out. I’m not implying that prayer, going to church or reading you Bible are bad, in any way. However, the act of doing those things is NOT what makes one righteous. Jesus makes you righteous. period.
Could it be that it was not the absence of those acts that caused behavior that was unbecoming, but the fact that those people forgot how loved they are by God? Could it be that instead of realizing that God is with you in every moment of everyday, no matter where you are or what you are doing these people have become dependant on their own actions to feel loved by God? If you are good and do all these things, God loves you and is at work in your life, if you don’t, then He’s not…
Ohhh… be cautious of that. That all points to YOU!
Your behavior, your attitude, your habits, your obedience…exhausting. God’s love isn’t depenant on us, it’s all dependant on Him. We only need to be aware of it and receive it.
It is true, faith comes by hearing the Good News, again and again and again. The Good News is Gods love. The Good News is Jesus, He is your salvation. He loves You and in spite of your best efforts to do the right thing, it’s really not about YOU at all. If it were we would all fail at it. 😉 I gave a greater explanation about this a couple weeks ago in my post Jeses. That says it all.
It’s all about Him and His unconditional, unfathomable love for you. This love is what causes us to respond, pray, read, listen and fellowship. Not the other way around.
Are your feathers ruffled? I hope so. 😉
If you enjoyed this post, or if you have ruffled feathers and aren’t sure what you think, take a sneak peek inside my new book, The Power of Resting. I promise, if your heart is open, it will set you free.
BIO:Daveda Schmidlin is a happy wife, mother, and grandmother. She is a speaker, teacher, author and former pastor who is passionate about the Gospel of Grace. Her message is sincere, encouraging, simple and profound. Her words will set people free from condemnation and will help usher them into a deeper revelation and understanding of God’s great love.