“But the story we’re given is a God-story, not an Abraham-story. What we read in scripture is, ‘Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own.’ … But if you see the job is too big for you, that it’s only something God can do, and you trust him to do it – well, that trusting-him-to-do-it is what gets you set right with God, by God. Sheer gift.”
(Romans 4:1-5 MSG)
When we become a follower of Jesus, that is the moment we leave behind our story and enter His-story. We leave behind the vanity of independent, orphan hearted-striving and embrace the abundant life of grace working through faith.
The grace of sonship takes the pressure off. God is back at the centre of things. Gracelessness puts man at the centre, makes man the initiator, man the builder and man the sustainer. Welcome to the hellish trinity of pressure, performance and perfectionism in order to “measure up” and keep life going.
The orphan lifestyle is exhausting. Whatever we build independently of God we have to try to sustain without His help.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labour in vain who build it.” (Psalm 127:1)
With God at the centre of our life, grace is restored and only God can take the credit for the fruit and success in our lives. Living within the “unforced rhythms of grace” (Matthew 11:28-30 MSG) is about lying back in the arms of the Father, yielding to His divine purpose and mighty force in us, then co-labouring with Him from that place of rest. Daring to embrace what the Father wants to do in us is the best thing we can do for Him.
The more I learn about grace, the more I learn the importance of allowing. Yielding. Being. Waiting. Simply making space.