Hello and welcome! This is the Geeks Under Grace daily devotional where we dive into the Bible everyday. We take devotionals from bible.com and read the verses, devotional, and give our own commentary. Sometimes we will have multiple writers, but most of the time it will be just me. I hope you enjoy and comment with your own commentary.
This devotional is titled “Tenth Avenue North – The Overflow Devo”. It is only 7 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
“We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin.”
I wish someone had told me sooner. I wish someone would have just articulated it in a way that I could understand. I wish I had actually read the Bible. I grew up in church and went to a Christian school, but somehow I completely missed the freedom that was being offered to me from Christ Himself.
“Hallelujah we are free to struggle, but we’re not struggling to be free.”
People freak out when you say something like that. “Free to struggle!!????” They think you’ll take it as license to do whatever you want. And you know, some do. Some say, “Oh, it doesn’t matter what I do, cause God will forgive me!” But just because there are some who pervert the grace of God, doesn’t mean we should shy away from preaching it. Yes, some people don’t understand what they’ve been saved from.
They don’t realize how audacious it is to presume upon the redemption of God, because they don’t realize what it cost Him to forgive us. They also must not think about what they’ve been saved from. It’s not just our guilt He saves us from, it’s also the power of death over us. Why on earth would anyone ask Jesus for salvation and then willfully run back into the arms of the very things that were killing them?
I can’t say that I know. I don’t understand why I do it, so how could I begin to understand others?
But this I do know. His grace is so big and so vast that Christ went lower than the lowest. He bore our sins on the cross, and it is no longer up to us to carry that weight. We no longer have to atone for our mistakes. They were atoned for us. And not only is there an ocean of grace that we fall into when we fail, but there’s also a grace so majestic and strong, that it’s actually powerful enough to heal us from our vices and free us from our prisons.
Christ came to forgive and to free us. I hope you know that, deep down. You can screw up and know that there is always mercy to rise again. And not only that, but you can know that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is living inside you, So you don’t have to do those things you hate anymore.
Free to fail.
Free to change.
It’s quite an amazing concept isn’t it? There’s mercy for your failure, and there’s liberty from your sin. You don’t have to pay for your sins, and you don’t have to sin anymore. This is what it means to be saved.
And my only prayer is that the church would grasp both of these ideas, because we can all be a bit one-sided can’t we? We tend toward extremes. One only needs to count the number of Christian denominations to know, we’re not always the best at balance.
In the American church we can be good at one of these platitudes, but usually not both. We’re either focused on preaching grace or intent on preaching victory, which ends up doing one of two things. We pander those caught up in sin, or we Bible beat them cross-eyed for not walking in the victory they ought to be.
Brothers and sisters, let us grasp them both. There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, and there’s also no more chains to keep you from walking with Him. Both. And.
Comfort those who are staggering, because we all struggle in different ways. We may look different, but our hearts are all the same. Be tender with one another. Correct each other with gentleness, knowing we’re free to struggle. But also, let us not let each other off the hook. Remind each other, that we’re not struggling to be free. Call each other out. Lift each other up. Push each other forward. It is for freedom we have been set free.
“Why on earth would anyone ask Jesus for salvation and then willfully run back into the arms of the very things that were killing them?”
That is a great question. I believe people do not fully comprehend what it means to be a follower of Christ. They get their “fire insurance” and feel like they are free to sin. It really makes me wonder if they ever accepted Christ in the first place.
I am eternally grateful for the sacrifice of Christ. I find that many times I take it for granted since I have always known it. To me it is common knowledge as the sun rising in the east and midnight is always dark. Thank you Jesus!