Monday, March 14, 2011

I'm nothing in the equation of grace

It's a sobering thought that in the spiritual equation that results in Grace, our part in it is nothing. Zero. Nada. Absolutely nothing of our own self is present in that wondrous equation. Jesus plus nothing equals Grace. His Blood plus nothing equals Grace. Grace isn't the result of anything we can do or stop doing. Jesus did it all. Jesus paid the entire price for us at the Cross of Calvary.

What took place at the Cross was not accidental. Every part of it was intentional. It was part of God's plan from the very beginning of creation. God knew exactly what it would take for us to be able to spend eternity with Him. He knew that we couldn't do it ourselves. We couldn't even keep 10 simple rules better known as the Ten Commandments. He knew that it was going to take much more than what we had to offer. It would take a Redeemer. A Justifier. A Savior. Someone to bear our griefs and carry our sorrows. Someone to bear all our iniquity.

God took our sins and placed them upon His perfect Son. For us. Isaiah 53:6 tells us, ... and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all".  Can you imagine what it was like for God to take ALL of our sins and intentionally place them upon His Son so that we could live? He placed all of our guilt and all of our shame upon Him. He placed all of our filth and our unrighteousness upon His perfect Son.

"For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin;
that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him"
(2 Corinthians 5:21)

We did nothing in this equation of Grace. Jesus did it all. We don't deserve it. We don't earn it. We can't be good enough or work hard enough to be worthy of it. We don't even seek Him on our own accord. Unless He draw us, we have no power to seek after Him.

"As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one;
there is none that understandeth, there is
none that seeketh after God"
(Romans 3:10-11)

Only through God's precious Son, can we experience salvation. Only when He lives inside of us, can we begin to live a life of righteousness for Him. Only when we believe in Him, can we receive this precious gift of Grace extended so lovingly to us.

Grace is the costliest gift that has ever been given. It cost Jesus everything. It cost  us nothing. He became all of our sins so that we could become His righteousness and live a life of Holiness. If we don't have a desire to live a Holy life, then we don't fully understand Grace. Or the Cross.

We have all sinned. We have all fallen short of His glory. But through Jesus, we have been justified freely by the Grace of God. Through the redemption in Christ Jesus. And all we have to do is receive it.

Thank you precious Lord for becoming my sin for me. Thank you for willingly giving your life at the Cross for me. Thank you for Grace. I love you with all of my heart and I want to worship you and serve you all the days of my life.

"Grace doesn't just get us into the
presence of God, but Grace enables
us to live the life He desires for us
 to  live"  - Louie Giglio


Anonymous said...

Why is it, Beth, that this message never grows old ... and I ALWAYS need it? : )
loving you, ~ linda

Wanda said...

Oh yes, Beth your Grace equation is so true... Nothing and God is everything.

This is just a good message to hear right now...always a good reminder.

Robin said...

So appreciate the heart of a sister seeker... Amen Beth. always to abide in GREATER GRACE. Enable us Lord Jesus, to live in your empowerment and to take your message to all who desperately need it.

Elizabethd said...

It sometimes takes my breath away to realise that He died, yes, died for me, for us. Freely offered grace.

Faith Imagined said...

Grace... so much beauty in one small word! I love this statement, "Jesus plus nothing equals Grace." Such truth!!!

Sassy Granny ... said...

I think it's why we cry almost every single time we sing "Amazing Grace". It's all of that, and more.

Beautiful post.


angelonwheels said...

oh Beth how rich is the grace of God! Love the post, and love you! Sorry I've been away, thanks for praying for my mom! How is your family!