Grace as a World View

 

 

 

 

I think the church historically, and to this day, remains mostly ignorant of the finished work of the cross.

Our focus remains on sin and brokenness, instead of our image and likeness redeemed in the death, resurrection and ascension of Christ; Our righteousness and our innocence…

Religion is occupied with comparing, competing and controlling.

Religion makes you schizophrenic, self-aggrandizing and judgmental on your good days and then introspective and self-loathing on your screw-up days. When your performance is good, you’re cocky and smug. When your performance is bad, you are repugnant and covered in shame and self-loathing. Neither are transformative encouraging or helpful to you or anyone around you.

But God doesn’t see people in their sin. Sin is no longer his issue! He sees their in-Christ-ness.

Not that sin isn’t a problem. Sin has consequences, but sin is no longer the issue. The problem of sin and the law was dealt with 2,000 years ago. Identity is the issue! Sin is just the fruit of the ignorance of our truer identity!

Seeing yourself, and then everyone else, in Christ rather than in our sin is essential for a healthy life and world view—way better than the religious hypocrisy of sin consciousness! Come on church, you’re way better than you think!

I’m discovering such delight in seeing first myself and then everyone else in the finished work of the cross and relating with others from His perfection. Its way more transformative, encouraging, and helpful than using scripture to shame sinful behavior.

Mercy is one thing, but grace is our new world view…it’s the life of our design fully redeemed!

Live fully redeemed today!

Love you

Lloyd

 


Lloyd Clark
 is an entrepreneur, a former pastor, and writer. He is passionate about being loved by our Heavenly Father and revealing that same love to everyone he meets. He and his wife Mary have 5 children and 7 grandchildren and live in North Carolina.

1 Comment

  1. Marcia Vogl

    God does not see people in their sin. People cannot see God because of their sin.
    I know God can see me. I want to see him to get to know him.

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