PJ’s Daily Devotional for Monday, April 10, 2017.
James says, “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it” (James 2:10).
I read this and I have two reactions: (1) my flesh says that I need to work harder and (2) the Spirit says I need to lean into God’s grace more and more. Which one should I do? Should I work harder at keeping every aspect of God’s law or should I lean harder into God’s grace?
The answer is NOT “both-and” this time.
I need to yield to the Spirit and lean into God’s grace…not my own efforts!
Isn’t’ that what Holy Week is all about? As we approach the Cross of Jesus Christ this week and see what Christ has done for us may we remember why Jesus did it, not so that we can work harder at making ourselves better, but so that we can put all our full weight on Him and trust His atoning work on the Cross. Jesus is alive! Jesus has defeated death and taken the enmity between God and man on Himself; He has done it!
Lean into God’s grace!
Remember what we have learned previously from our daily Bible Reading, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16, 22-25).
This is counter-intuitive, but the more you lean into grace the more you allow the Spirit to do His work in you. As long as you are striving to fulfill the law by your best efforts the more you resist the work of the Holy Spirit. YIELD to the Spirit and remember, Jesus did not die on the Cross so that you can work harder at being right with God!
This week, lean into God’s grace. Lean into the Cross. Put your full weight onto Jesus.