"Grace means that in the middle of our struggle the referee blows the whistle and announces the end of the game.
We are declared winners and sent to the showers.
It's over for all huffing, puffing piety to earn God's favor; it's finished for all sweat-soaked straining to secure self-worth; it's the end of all competitive scrambling to get ahead of others in the game.
Grace means that God is on our side and thus we are victors regardless of how well we have played the game.
We might as well head for the showers and the champagne celebration." -Donald McCullough
When we begin to get a glimpse of the Grace of God it appears almost scandalous and offensive.
It is so recklessly extravagant, completely empowering, and altogether sufficient!
Will the life of a Christ-follower be pain free and full of ease??.....far from it! Jesus said we would face many trials in this life, but to take heart because He has overcome this world.
I know that in the end I will be judged on my reliance on Jesus' performance rather than my own.
Jesus' perfect life, sacrificial death, and miraculous resurrection really was enough.
There is nothing I can add to a perfect sacrifice.
When it looked like "the game" was over for all of us...Jesus hit a home run in our place and now we get to spend our lives rounding the bases for Him.
The rest of my life will be a home run trot because of His work on the cross.
When Jesus said "It is finished" He was simply saying "game over" to man's attempt to earn his own salvation.