Sarah chats about living under God's grace, rather than the law. For Sarah, coffee is a must every morning. She takes it with a little cream and a little sugar, nothing too fancy.
Recently God has been teaching me about grace and, that is a theme I see as I read through Romans 8. Starting in verse 12, Paul states that we are heirs with Christ -us, the broken, sinful, majorly flawed, mess-ups of humans. All those who trust in Christ are heirs with Him. My favorite verse is verse 15, "For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, 'Abba! Father!'"
What a picture of grace! He not only saves us, made us His heirs, but we no longer have to try to live by the law.
I find that when I focus on my fears and the law then I miss God's grace. I miss how in spite of my sin and failures He still calls me his own. I go back to the very thing He saved me from. Instead of trying my best to be righteous through the law I can now just call out to Him, because I am his daughter.
In the very beginning of Chapter 8, it says we aren't condemned when we are in Christ and that we have been set free from the law of sin and death. Yet somehow I keep thinking if I live a certain way or do a certain things He will love me or bless me more. Most of the time I may not even realize that is what I am thinking. I find myself saying things like, "Wow, God, I can't believe you blessed me like that when I don't even know the last time I picked up my bible." God blesses me because I am His daughter and He loves me not because I deserve it. Let's face it, we never deserve any good thing from the Lord.
I don't want to live my life focused on the steps I have to take to please God or how I think life is supposed to look. When I do that, I am placing myself back into the law. Instead, I want to live in grace. I want his grace that saved me and adopted me to inform my decisions. I want my love and desire to spend time with Him to flow from that grace. So today, this week, this month I will meditate on his grace. I will let it penetrate into my life and let love and gratefulness flow from it.
A little about Sarah:
I love going running with my husband, traveling, spending time with friends, baseball, the summertime and playing ridiculous games with my family.