Knowing what we have learned about grace, you may wander why people would hold fast to the law. But I understand. I am your typical A-type, driven personality. I am competitive. I like to be the best. So operating under the law appeals to my base nature because if I work hard, I can be the best Christian. If I go to church more, read my bible more, give more, memorize more scripture then I win. I will be more righteous.
Paul, another A-type personality, also knew this. He was a good Jew. He exceeded all of the traditions required of him. He was born into the right family, went to the right school and persecuted this new sect that threaten his idea of righteousness.
But then Paul (and I) was confronted with Grace in the person of Jesus. Grace wrecks us A-Type personalities. Grace makes us all equal, gives each of us equal access to the Father, and declares we are all righteous. We no longer have to work or vie to be the best. We just rest in the finished work of Christ. (We A-Types don’t rest well.) It is no longer about our ability to meet all the requirements but it’s about Jesus who met all the requirements.
So what are we A-Types to do? We can either remain zealous for the law or we become zealous for grace. Paul chose the latter. I invite you to choose the same. Take all the energy we use to put into earning God’s love and favor and use it to worship Him for His love and favor. Take the time we spent “working” for Him and use it to get to know Him. Take the time we spent judging those whom we deemed less righteous than we were and use it to laugh with God, gain His heart and and His love for people.
Rest in His abundant, beautiful grace today. have faith that you have been made righteous and don’t have to work for it.
“I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.”
Philippians 3:9 b NLT