There are two ways people relate to God. One is through the law (what we can do for God). The other is through grace (what God has done for us) . They are two different approaches that create two different outcomes. I feel so passionate about helping people experience the freeing power of grace!
Yesterday I preached this message and read a list I had written that captures the difference between law and grace. Some have asked for the list, so I thought I’d post it here.
- The law mindset is focused on me. It’s driven by what I can accomplish for myself. The grace mindset is focused on Christ. It’s driven by what He has accomplished for me.
- The law mindset is based on effort. It’s a race that requires striving and sprinting toward an elusive finish line that is constantly postponed further and further into the future. It is to strain toward a goal that can never be reached. But the grace mindset is based on faith. It’s a race that combines wrestling with resting as you journey toward a finish line that has already been secured through the victory of Christ over death and hell and the grave. It is a race that offers daily renewal. Even though the struggle still exists, the Spirit of God is present to renew and refresh you every step of the way.
- The law mindset is deceiving. It tricks you into believing you’re pleasing God, while defeating you in the process. But the grace mindset is liberating. It reminds you that God is already pleased with you because of Christ, so all you have to do is live as someone who is loved which produces the courage and inner strength to actually quit.
- The law mindset is counter-productive. By trying to be a good person, I make it harder for myself to actually be a good person. But the grace mindset is empowering. By focusing on Jesus, and His work of grace through the cross, I end up discovering the love and joy that produces the power to actually become the person God created me to be!