Every human need was met when Jesus died, resurrected, and ascended into heaven. At the Cross man’s work was overpowered by God’s grace. Man’s need of approval was more than met by God’s gift of righteousness. Jesus’ stripes opened the door for the healing of any sickness. Christ’s sacrifice gave all of mankind the opportunity to live in God’s reality.
However, we are born into and live most of our lives in Man’s reality. We’re immersed in it to the point that it’s our first nature. So when we come to God, we’re not accustomed to His way of doing things. The great thing is, like we talked about last time, God gives us everything we need, and we receive it the same way we received our salvation, by faith.
We receive His grace by faith. In fact it is “by grace we are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8). The same grace that saved us is the grace that will carry us through the rest of our lives. We run into problems when we believe it was grace that saved us, but everything else after salvation is up to our own personal effort.
This mindset is what keeps so many Christians frustrated and can eventually cause them to fall away. When we try to live the Christian life without the power of God’s grace, we will certainly fail. It’s not because God wants or wills us to fail. It is because God never intended His children to live by their own works.
That is why we have to break out of the mindset that says “I have to earn my own way. If I don’t make it happen, then no one will.” This is a “works mentality.” This is the thinking of someone who lives in Man’s reality.
Living in God’s reality requires us to see that our works aren’t good enough, but that it’s alright because God’s grace is more than enough for every need of our lives. We have to believe that our works didn’t earn us our salvation, and are not able to keep us in the favor of God. We put our faith in God’s grace, and He provides everything that we need.
So, today, pick an area of your life you want to start trusting in God’s grace: your job, your marriage, your health. Make this your effort, to trust in God’s provision for your life.