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Amazing Grace: No More Obligation

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December 24, 2016 / By / , , , , / 2 Comments

Last weekend, we surprised my nephew for his birthday in Portland.  It was a wonderful time, with a special young boy.  

We were headed to the store to get some goodies for his bday party, and unbeknownst to him, I captured a video from the backseat of the car of him singing his rendition of Amazing Grace.  It was spontaneous, pure-hearted and hilarious.  I clipped it shorter to omit his Hakuna Matata ad-lib at the end! :) (His lyrics said, “Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful friend, it means NO WORRIIIIIES, for the best of our friends, It’s our problem-free, no-losophy, Hakuna MaCandyCane, with Hot Chocolate in it, what a wonderful friend.)  Well, this one will bring a smile to your face, and I especially love his lyrics.

Isn’t that adorable?  He nailed one phrase as his favorite, and I must say I agree:  Amazing grace.  The birth of Jesus, the very reason we celebrate Christmas, revolutionized religion.  He was born onto the earth to show us exactly who this God really is whom we serve.  He was born onto the earth to fulfill the law, so we wouldn’t have to labor to fulfill alllllllll of its requirements.  (phew!) Jesus was the answer to a long-awaited promise of a Messiah, the Savior of the world, the great Justifier and the answer for a daily and an eternal hope.  

There is now no obligation when it comes to Christianity.  (Even the word obligation sounds awful, doesn’t it??)  Can we agree that so much of what we call “religion” is just a set of obligations?  Jesus invites us into something quite contrary:  a relationship, not a set of laws or to-dos or requirements.  So we can shake off that heavy, guilt-ridden shame that comes with all of that. Jesus took stripes and lashings on His body for every obligation and hindrance, so let’s leave them right there, out of the way.  It is said that only faith, or belief in Him, is how we enter into a relationship, and it’s the very substance of our dynamics with Him.   It is impossible to please God without faith.  Anyone who comes to him must believe that God exists and that he REWARDS those who sincerely seek him. {Hebrews 11:6)  We couldn’t earn this with our best efforts all compiled together.  Read this:

But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him WITHOUT keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago.  We are made right by placing our faith in Jesus Christ.  And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. {Romans 3:21-22}

Jesus is the hand that extends to us, and connects us straight to the Father.  Isn’t that so good and simple?  For the joy of even just the possibility of a relationship with us, Jesus endured the cross so we could be free to love and be loved.  So we can experience the same joy in our relationship with Him.  Because the birth of Jesus represents the very sacrifice He made for all mankind, God is not punishing anyone.  He is a REWARDER of those who seek him; He sees us with kindness and joy and hope.  He’s the one who runs straight to us (we have direct access to Him!) when we’ve turned back toward Him, hugs us tightly, kisses us profusely, and throws a welcome home party!  That’s amazing grace right there.

Jesus is the promise of hope, both a daily hope and an eternal one.  The depths of this promise are endless.  Let the details of His gift to us saturate your soul.  Let the truth of who He is be known to you.  Let the simplicity of the “how-tos” of this amazing grace be revealed, and all of the hindrances that are added by religion/people also be exposed.  I’m praying for these things, so that we’d enter into a new season of depth and freedom.  Depth and width.  

How can you intentionally celebrate amazing Grace (capital G) this Christmas?  What are some things you can do to remember how amazing this Promise truly is?  Much love to you guys this Christmas, and may the depth and width of the gift that Jesus gives be made known to you!

Merry merry Christmas to you, from my family to yours!

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Love,

Meghan 

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2 Comments

  1. Christina Camalick says:

    Beautifully said! Merry Christmas!!!

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