Grace Calls You Forward
Sin. It beckons us back to the place of shame; back to the place of doubt; back to the place of self-destruction. Over and over it calls us by our wrongs and tells us that’s who we are and will always be.
It fools us into thinking we had it all, have it all, in that moment. It clouds our perspective and tells us this is all there is. This is the best that will ever be and it won’t get any better.
It skews our vision of blessings that are right before our eyes. It causes us to think that we need to look for more, that it’s not enough and we need to create the good things in life ourselves.
And we go back.
We go back to the place of doubting what is good, what is true, what is honest and lovely. We surrender ourselves to the call to be lesser than and settle in. We lose hope of the ability to change or grow.
And we go back.
We allow ourselves to feel worthless and we choose things that hold us captive. We return to our sin and the pain that God desperately tries us to warn us and protect us from. We believe the lie that tells us we can never get away from it; that we are defined by what we’ve done and we can never be free.
And we go back.
It’s easy to get lost in it and the moment we start to justify it and make excuses for it, we are a slave to it and the consequences unfold. The damage to our soul and the hardening of our heart has begun. We don’t see anyone but ourselves. If others don’t agree with what we do, they are to blame. If they try to warn us of our destruction, they are judgmental. If others are hurt by what we’ve done, well, somehow they’ve brought it on themselves or they’ve done something that’s caused us to act this way.
And, in our sin, we choose to stay.
“As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly”. Proverbs 26:11
To further justify the choices we are making that we know are so against God’s best design for our lives, we drag grace right through the muck of it. But grace will cover all my sin. True statement, wrong context. We think that we can keep on doing whatever we want for now and when we lose interest or we’ve manipulated the situation enough to appear as though we are now doing what is right, we can thank grace. But we never truly step away from our sin.
“Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? …And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.” Romans 6:1-4
We should look back on grace with gratitude, not forward to it with anticipation.
The moment we recognize that we are wrong we have the opportunity to repent and turn away from it. As soon as we seek God for forgiveness, we are given it. Grace meets us in that moment and beckons us to move forward into our new lives. It draws us away from our sin, from our turmoil, from the mess we’ve created and offers us hope of a life that is free from the bondage of shame. But we must choose to let it go.
Grace doesn’t make room for sin, it invites you to step away from it.
Grace is a gift. While our sin will continue to have it’s own consequences, grace offers mercy and love and acceptance as we embrace and receive the love God has for us.
Grace calls us forward.
God has so much more for us than we can see in this present moment. Though we think we know the best solutions to our situations, he knows better. Keep looking to him for direction. We must continue to choose obedience to his word and his will, above our own ideas, and his plan for our lives will unfold.
“How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.” Psalm 31:19
There is blessing in obedience. Though it’s not always easy, it is beneficial. If we can choose what is right over what might produce instant gratification and appease our selfishness, we will lay our head to rest at night in peace. Our children will learn to obey as they watch us obey God. There is a positive ripple effect to each choice we make to walk in obedience.
We won’t get it right every time. Sin will always be there; beckoning. And every time we fail, we will be met with grace in the very moment we acknowledge our sin and choose to repent and turn from it.
Your sin will call you back, but GRACE calls you forward.
Choose to hear what God has to say about you and listen to that above all else. Rise up and be the person he has created you to be; his adored child, his faithful worshipper, his joy and delight. Run to him for everything and he will receive you with open arms.
Keep moving forward.
About Jennie Puleo :
Jennie Puleo is a Mother, Writer, Speaker, Author and Registered Nurse. She is also the co-founder of For a Single Purpose; an online ministry designed specifically to encourage single women on all walks of life. She has always had a deep love for the Lord and her desire to serve and obey Him is what has carried her through so many of life’s chaotic circumstances. The loss of children, abandonment of spouse, chronic illness, multiple surgeries; so many times and places where God has met her in the middle of a storm! It is now her passion and purpose to share all that God has done in and through her by speaking and writing.