#VOD: 1 Peter 1:3

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by His great mercy that we have been born again because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation.” 

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Has it ever seemed weird to you that when we first get saved we are so overwhelmed at the fact that God’s grace is sufficient? In basic terms, that God loved us even when we didn’t “act” Christian…

I’m sure you know exactly what I am referring to. When we lived for our own desires, didn’t think twice about doing things and honestly lived, however, we wanted to. We come to a point in our life where we realize the overwhelming love and grace that God has for us and it is such a freeing experience. BUT then…

Religion creeps in. Some of us may start to feel like we have to perform to a certain standard for God’s love. Some of us start to feel like we have to go through certain checklists that make us more Godly. You know, reading every day, praying, worshiping, helping others, giving to the church, serving, etc…

Now, I’m not saying all of those things are extremely vital and important… What I am saying is that when we start doing them out of a false heart & false motives it starts to cause us to drift from the relationship Jesus wants with us.

My pastor has been speaking on the different “I am” statements that Jesus made & one statement he made on a Sunday truly spoke to me. He started talking about the redemptive power of Jesus and how He is the resurrection and the life. In a funny, but powerful way he talked about something similar to my blog today.

He went on to explain that when Jesus died on the cross and was thinking about each and every one of us He wasn’t ashamed of the sin in our lives, or the sin that will be in our lives. Jesus didn’t die to save us without knowing where we would be. That’s the beauty of the cross.

YES, we should flee from sin. YES, we should read our word. YES, we should pray, worship, give to the church, serve, etc… BUT, we do that out of an expression of love for God and those around us.

Let’s stop playing church fam… Jesus loves you. Jesus cares and Jesus is for you. Sin and all, He knew the price and still paid it.

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