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grace is. not “grace if…”

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i have been exploring this exact thing lately.
interestingly, it was a conversation with a recent college graduate, worship leader… and Lutheran.
Ben Eggebrecht (@myredandblue)
i asked him to talk to me about grace. I asked him to talk about the fall. i wanted a new way to think about how to teach. he was so excited to share, but prepared me to hear some new ideas.

he said something like this: so many churches teach how to be a better christian. what i remember growing up in the lutheran church, was that i always left relieved.

he explained that the sermon template is: teach the law, teach how we can’t measure up, teach “but the gospel”.
he went on to say that grace is … it just is. and it is for everyone. it’s not grace if…

this blew my mind. i realized that at times in the past i have fallen into the trap of teaching that our behavior reflects the heart of our savior. 

for example, in the past I taught “Jesus forgave us, so we should forgive others.”
now I will teach “Jesus forgave us”, trusting that understanding this beautiful truth is far more likely to translate into action, than my directives.

it set me on a trajectory toward grace-filled teaching. now, everywhere i turn, or read, i feel that i’m affirmed in this intention. 

how wonderful to realize, that really, you can’t do anything about how much God loves you. He just does.

You don’t receive grace because of something you do, or don’t do. Grace just is.

grace is for everyone.

grace is undeserved.

grace is freeing.

grace is beautiful and mindboggling.

grace is the best.

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what i’m learning from a kid i never met

super dylan ... a boy i never met preaches to me every day.

super dylan … a boy i never met preaches to me every day.

I never met Super Dylan… but he continues to teach me every day.

he fought a valiant fight with cancer.

now he is perfectly healed. in heaven.

and i think about him all the time.

his family did an excellent job of sharing his journey and his life with a very thorough blog. http://dylan.ericdavid.info/Home/updates

interestingly… i only kind of know his parents, but we share a history. we were at samford at the same time. we studied some of the same things. so i somehow got connected to them, and fell in love with their boy and the lessons he taught in his short life. his main message was “remember always to love”.

now, if you know me at all, then you know i talk about LOVE alot. I talk about what it means, how important it is to remember that everyone has a story, and we should approach them in love. for some reason, this particular sentiment is rocking my world. because love is hard. and you have to remind yourself to give love.

this wonderful testimony by this boy who was facing his morality and the promise of eternity around the corner every day inspires me, encourages me, and i think about him every day.

tomorrow i get to talk to my team of treehouse volunteers about the upcoming year. i can’t wait to talk about GRACE, and all that grace gives us. Grace covers us. Grace is for all of us. Grace cannot be earned. And I can’t wait to share this idea to REMEMBER ALWAYS TO LOVE, as I encourage them to be prepared to extend the grace that God has given us, to others.

ahhhhh. dylan. thank you for saying this. and preaching with your life.

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does your message have eternal value?

the message you are putting out there. the things that you are sharing and producing… do they have eternal value?

do you regularly use your gifts and talents to share the message of christ that has no end? do you tell the true story of jesus… does the world know that you are going to be spending your eternity with the father in his heaven? do you spend time and efforts on a timeless message… or do you subscribe to a world philosophy.

here are some things ask yourself:

if someone hears me, will they learn more or less about the god i serve?

if someone sees these will they keep an up close view of the creator that gave me these gifts?

if someone reads my words, will they yearn for more of the god that gave them to me or less?

do i mean that everything you do has to be an evangelistic outreach … no.

what i mean is that in everything you say and do… use an eternal filter. look at things through a viewpoint of how they will stand in eternity… how the choices you make will reflect the stirrings of the Holy Spirit.

why do we do the things we hate and hate the things we do?

Romans 7: 15I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

the deal is we’re human. and as christians – we’re forgiven. ahhhhhhh grace.

overwhelmed with gratefulness for grace. you have grace… and that is a message with eternal value.

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