Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. ~ Romans 5:1-2
I would guess most Christians remember a season of momentum when they first gave their lives to Christ. The feeling of freedom, forgiveness, and the newness of life are refreshing. The energy and willingness … openness … soaking in all of the Word we could … all characterize the wonder of that experience.
I also would guess that most Christians remember a time when that enthusiasm began to wane. There are places along the journey where there are questions about whether or not to keep going. During those times we long for a new vigor for Christ … a renewal of the momentum that propelled us into our life of faith in the beginning.
My working theory is that the very things that enabled our hearts to this momentum will bring about a re-energized faith. God’s gifts of momentum are not one-time presents opened up with glee but later laid aside. They are ongoing and living.
PEACE. “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…” It was impossible to find peace with God on our own. No attempt at being good or overcoming bad habits by virtue of will power would work. At the end of the work day we are exhausted, weak, and no closer to peace than when we began. Peace is only possible when we receive it from God. He is the one who offers peace through Jesus Christ. Remember those first awakenings of faith, and find peace.
GRACE. “…Through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand…” Grace is the one gift that we all need that no one else can provide for us. Through grace we experience freedom from the effort to be good enough. Through grace we find the joy of knowing that God has accepted us. Through grace we find direction in life, following His lead. Through grace we experience humility. To accept grace is to say, “I can’t do it.” Thank God He can! When we speak with God in prayer, encounter Him in the Word, see Him in the eyes of another … we experience His grace.
HOPE. “And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” Momentum is built as we journey because we have a destination … a certain knowledge that God will keep his promises. Hope. Our hope is in God, not in our perfection in following Him. Hope energizes our dark days. Hope reminds us that nothing we face can destroy what is most important in our lives.
With Peace, Grace, and Hope – we are on Mission Possible – nothing can stand in our way. These are God’s gifts of momentum. And they are not just for new Christians. Take heart my friends, the things that seem to threaten your momentum cannot make a dent in God’s power and provision. More on that tomorrow.
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