In redemption, Christ took all the cost for our sins and freely gave us his life. He made no demands; he freely gave. This sets the precedence for how we are to SEE and RELATE to God.
If he didn’t demand a dime before saving us, he wouldn’t demand a dime before doing something for us. If he didn’t demand anything before expressing his love for us, he wouldn’t demand anything to keep us saved.
This is what the Bible says:
For when the time was right, the Anointed One came and died to demonstrate his love for sinners who were entirely helpless, weak, and powerless to save themselves. (Romans 5:6 TPT)
He showed us his love when we were weak, powerless and sinners. That’s grace and this grace never ends. He is always a gracious Father.
Many Christians think God is all about demands. To them, God has folded arms and is waiting for them to fulfill some obligations before he loves or protects or provides for them. That’s a wrong picture of God.
The God who became a man and laid down his life without demanding anything from you has not changed. He is not suddenly demanding things from you now that you have received his life.
The life in Christ is not about fulfilling some obligations to get into God’s good books. No! He already qualified you, he already made you his own, he already loved you and he already saved you. Nothing you do or don’t do can change this.
Don’t rob yourself of a beautiful relationship with God because you think God is all about demands. Because of that erroneous mindset, many Christians are burdened and unhappy. They see God as a boss that they must continually try and obey some obligations to get on his good side.
We know God in Christ. We see his character in redemption. He freely laid down his life for us. He freely provided salvation for us. We freely received it by believing in him (Eph. 2:8). There were no rules to follow, no obligations to fulfill. This doesn’t suddenly change when you come into Christ.
When you believe in Christ, you are to suddenly bombard yourself with a list of dos and don’ts. Rather, you are to continually remind yourself of his goodness demonstrated in redemption. You are to continually set your mind on the realities available to you in Christ. He made you a new person, he brought you into union with himself. He made you righteous by faith. These are the things to set your mind on.
Therefore if you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, sharing in His resurrection from the dead], keep seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (Colossians 3:1 AMP)
Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]. (Colossians 3:2 AMP)
We are to acknowledge all that Christ is in us and renew our minds with these realities.
That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. (Philemon 1:6 KJV)
This is how to enjoy the life in Christ. It is by continually acknowledging who you are in Christ. It is not by assessing what you have done and haven’t done. It is not about your self-efforts to accomplish anything. It is about the efforts of Christ that made divine realities available to you free of charge.
Does that mean we don’t do anything at all?…
To be continued…