more on Grace

Since we were talking about Grace recently… This whole Max article is quite good (from Come Thirsty), but I’ll just give you the “bottom line”. He goes over the story of the Prodigal Son, in his typical Max-style (so that you think it just happened yesterday), and then tells “the rest of the story”–how the Big Brother kept nagging the other son about keeping that robe clean, wearing the ring on the proper finger, keeping his sandals tied, etc. Many of the churches Paul wrote to had the same problem…

“The Father might let you in the gate, but you have to earn your place at the table. God makes the down payment on your redemption, but you pay the monthly installments. Heaven gives the boat, but you have to row it if you ever want to see the other shore.”

On the contrary:

“Your deeds don’t save you. And your deeds don’t keep you saved. Grace does. The next time big brother starts dispensing more snarls than twin Dobermans, loosen your sandals, set your ring on your finger, and quote the apostle of grace who said, ‘By the grace of God I am what I am‘ (1 Cor. 15:10)”


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