Focus Scripture: “I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” Galatians 2:21
Often times, we as Christians can are way too hard on ourselves. We focus on “did I do this or that right?”; trying to dot every “i” and cross every “t”. Subconsciously, we tend to get, “I just want to please the Father” confused with, “I just want to be perfect.” I have been guilty of this on a number of occasions.
God never intended for any of us to live perfect lives. That purpose was only intended for and fulfilled by Jesus.
When we have a “perfect” mindset, we set aside the grace of God and begin to operate under the Law of God. The problem with that is when Jesus died, His death signified a New Covenant; we are no longer under the Covenant of the Law, but now we are free to operate under the covenant of His Grace.
Perfection says, “Jesus, Your death was in vain because my righteousness is contingent upon my ability to obey the law.”
Grace says, “God, I desire to please You. I know that in striving to do so, I will miss the mark. But your grace is sufficient for every mark I miss. My righteousness is found in You alone.”
Don’t allow your pursuit of perfection minimize your opportunity to walk in His grace.
Prayer: Thank You Lord for Your amazing grace. There are so many times that I operate in a law mentality and I don’t even realize it, please forgive me. I never want to take for granted Your sacrificial death, that awards me the opportunity to walk in Your grace. Your Word proclaims, Your grace is sufficient for me and I declare, I will let Your grace do it’s work in my life on today. It is in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.