Above The Tide

“Much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17 ESV) 

When someone is drowning it doesn't make sense to stand on the edge of the water and scream out the procedures for swimming: “C'mon! Tread harder! Kick faster! Breathe Deeper! Don't you remember what you learned in swimming class?! You got this!" All the while glub... glub... glub... down goes the victim. Instead, we either dive in or throw out a lifebuoy and pull them to safety. The same applies to the Christian life. When people struggle with sin issues and feel crushed under the accompanying weight of condemnation and fear, we shouldn’t “throw the book at them” by preaching more law and formulas for success. Rather, we should lovingly minister New Covenant grace. People will rise high above the tide in their lives when they are reminded of who they already are in Christ and regularly convinced that God’s grace has restored what sin has vandalized. When we liberally give and teach God’s grace, the power of sin is broken, and people begin to transform effortlessly. “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” (Romans 6:14 ESV) I believe when we freely receive grace in abundant measure, we can live for God better on accident than we ever could on purpose.