Many us think about eternity. Is it real? What will happen after I die? Am I worm food? Is there more to come?
As we wrestle with our mortality often we come face to face with our inadequacies. We realize that we are not the people that we want to be or even hope to be. Sometimes we ease our concerns through comparison. We look at others and see how bad a person they are and realize, we’re really probably OK.
The thing is that the standard that nags at us, when we’re honest, is perfection.
None of us are perfect. We are failed in some way.
This means that we need two things. We need mercy and grace. Mercy, not receiving what we deserve. Grace, getting what we don’t deserve. We enter into both through faith.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV)
This faith, the very thing required of us, is given to us as a gift of God. He loves us so much that he provides the very thing that requires.
What must you do? You must yield. You yield to God’s grace. You stop trying to gin up your own goodness to try and please him. You yield.
When we’re under grace we no longer strive for goodness. We rest in God’s goodness. Resting here allows to be free to do good works. It frees us to come to a place of self-forgetfulness.
Simple question, will you yield?