Jesus Revealed – Graceland or performance park

With great joy and a sigh of relief we receive the free gift of salvation. We know – oh boy do we know – we did nothing to deserve God’s love. For a moment, we rest in this amazing grace, but then what do we do?

We step right up to the gates of Performance Park, hand over our hard-earned cash and clock in. This is not a fun place to play the day away. This is dry duty devoid of passion. Performance Park is lame. The paint is peeling. The bumper cars give you whiplash. The petting zoo features one scrawny goat. The popcorn is stale and tastes like burnt grease. But we find ourselves stuck here, striving, desperately trying to deserve more, to measure up.

Once in a while, when the pathetic 12-foot Ferris wheel stalls out, we see over the fence and catch a glimpse of an all-together different experience in a place called Grace Land.  We close our eyes and remember the joy filled moments we spent there in the beginning. Music fills the air. Flowers bloom. The food is incredible. The roller coasters are steep and smooth. The parade is the most beautiful celebration you’ve ever imagined and the fireworks display takes your breath away. The people in Grace Land are fully alive.

How did we stray so far from the grace that saved us? Why did we believe the lie that we have to perform to earn the love we didn’t deserve in the first place? We’ve underestimated the depth of forgiveness.  We think God is like the carnival employee holding up his measuring stick and telling us year after year, we still fall short.

We are wrong!

Grace is not just for sinners. Grace is for saints.

Affirmation: I won’t leave Grace Land for Performance Park

Comments:   What do you do when you find yourself on the performance treadmill? What has helped you embrace and enjoy God’s grace for everyday life?

Galatians 3: 1-3 MSG You crazy Galatians! Did someone put a hex on you? Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it’s obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives. His sacrifice on the cross was certainly set before you clearly enough. Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God.