It’s time to stop living like orphans. We orphan around thinking that there is a limit to the abundance which is available to us dependent on how we act. We think that if we go to church enough, serve in the community enough and avoid the bad stuff enough, then we will be approved of.
We can’t do it. We can’t keep up. Better than that, we don’t have to.
Romans 5:17 – “For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.”
We’re going to mess up, but that’ not the focus from Heaven. The focus from Heaven shifted after the sacrifice of Jesus. Instead of comparing our conduct to the law and demanding retribution for the inadequacy of our lives, we receive an “abundance” of grace.
That word, “abundance,” if drilled down to its original root, means “to exceed a fixed number of measure.” As much as we try to quantify and define the benefit of the Sacrifice, the grace we are afforded is greater.
Orphans operate from limits. They think that there will come a time when the good stuff stops, because they are conditioned by their experience. They believe the day will come when they are abandoned and left out in the cold. They operate through the lens of a limit. The limit may be undefined, but it exists in their perspective, just the same.
Abundance exceeds the boundaries of our lens and it is already bought and paid for. We can’t get ahead of it. It’s not about what we have messed up, it’s about what we have available.
Many would say, “well, isn’t that dangerous . . . won’t that lead to bad living?” No! Our reaction to the abundance is one of freedom and attraction. We are naturally drawn towards things that benefit us. When we realize the benefit, we will be drawn to the Benefactor, not released towards our own depravity apart from Him. The result will be that we become more like the One we draw towards in identity as well as in the evidence of our decisions.
This is so counter-intuitive. It’s birth from the death of our original state. It takes a re-birth to even hope to understand it.