…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:23-24
It appears that there are many Christians who are of the opinion that upon sinning, we are living in God’s displeasure until confession and repentance. In this school of thought, though we are saved by the blood of Jesus and His atoning sacrifice, our sins somehow have us outside the lifeboat and until we do the right thing, we cannot get back in the lifeboat and be saved. In this manner uncertain Christians are in and out of the safety of the lifeboat of God’s approval.
I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing! Galatians 2:21
I’d like to propose that we jump out of the lifeboat for good. Instead of perceiving the lifeboat as God’s grace, why not picture the ocean as God’s grace? The Bible doesn’t present this idea that we are in and out of God’s approval in such a way that we are never sure where we are. In the ocean of God’s grace, we are surrounded by His love and mercy. He knows before we ever jump in that we’re not going to do everything perfectly. He made us – so He is very conscious that we are not always even aware of our sin in order to confess!
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:7-8
Understanding that we are surrounded by God’s ocean of grace will give us confidence and courage. We no longer have to try to stay in the small lifeboat, afraid to fall out. In fact, the more we try to get into the lifeboat of safety, the more likely it is that we are trusting ourselves and not God to save us.
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age… Titus 2:11-12
The fear that many have is that if we say we are surrounded by this ocean of grace, then people will not try to live godly lives … because their sins are covered. The only idea worse than jumping in and out of God’s forgiveness is the idea that we can do whatever we want and never wander away from God’s will. I suppose it would be difficult, but one could swim to shore and exit God’s grace.
They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. Titus 1:4
So I encourage you to exist freely in God’s amazing grace! Never doubt that He has the power to save you and keep you. And never stop aligning your life with Him.
Thanks for reading,