23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
How you decide to respond to the above verses is the most important decision you have to make in your life. Your response affects your ability to have a relationship with God today, and it determines whether or not you will spend eternity with him.
Lead Pastor Ben Snyder shared three postures that people take when responding. As you read through them, reflect on them and think about which posture you are taking today.
The first posture is a resisting posture. Hearing we fall short and that we are not good enough can be hard to hear, so in this posture, we decide to ignore it, telling ourselves it isn’t true. We lean on the affirmations we receive from those around us. Affirmations that say we are perfect just the way we are. We also lean on the assurances we tell ourselves. Sure, we make mistakes, but overall, we are good people. In the grand scheme of things, we are not that bad. These affirmations are an attempt to minimize the reality of our situation.
The second posture we take is we religiously try to fix the problem of sin on our own. We recognize that God is perfect and we are not. There is a gap that needs to be filled, so we try to fill it. We go to church, read our Bibles, and try to do all the “right” things that we think please God, hoping that will make us acceptable to him. Of course, all these actions are good, but they will never bring us to God’s standard of perfection.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
The last posture Ben talked about was a posture of receiving. This posture recognizes the problem presented in Romans 3:23 but accepts and receives the truth of Romans 3:24. This posture focuses on the free grace God offers to you and me. It sees that God is a generous, loving God, who paid the price for our sins through Jesus’ death on the cross.
When we are in a posture of receiving, we recognize that grace is the free, unmerited favor of God. In this posture, we understand that there is nothing we can do to make God love us anymore … and there is nothing we can do to make God love us any less. Grace is a generous gift from God, offered to us in every circumstance of life.
To remember this truth, Ben encouraged us this weekend to “say grace.” Saying grace is trusting God’s generosity in spite of our reality. If you are exhausted from trying to get it right, say grace. If you have made a mess of things, say grace. If you’ve experienced something amazing, say grace.
No matter where you are or what you are experiencing, take a posture to receive and say grace as you trust in God’s generosity today.
Read Romans 3:23-24. What does verse 23 tell us is true about everyone?
According to verse 24, how are we made right in the sight of God?
When it comes to Romans 3:23-24, what posture have you taken?
Say grace. No matter the circumstance you find yourself in today, begin trusting God’s generosity.
21 Days of Prayer: Day 22
Dear God, I pray for your spirit to strengthen our marriages and families. You know exactly what each marriage needs, and I pray you would meet those needs. Allow our families to grow stronger, and help them to build their foundation on you. I pray that parents would represent you well to their children, and ask for your help in giving children hearts that grow in their love for you. Amen.
This post was written by Ben Bockert. Ben is a proud husband and father of three beautiful daughters. He is honored to serve as the Director of the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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