“If we had earned the Gospel because of what we already were, it would not be the Gospel. It would be an earthly wedding speech. “I love her because she is funny and intelligent and all that I have desired.” But how much more beauty and grace is woven into the speech of a God who says: “I have seen all of man, in complete brokenness, covered in nothing but vulnerability and darkness, yet I remain completely in awe of this person, not because I must and not because of what fills the soul up but because of who I am. Because I am love and I have chosen the ordinary to be fulfilled by an extraordinary love.”
The Gospel fills my soul with joy every single day. The Gospel is God sending His only begotten Son as the ultimate love sacrifice to reconcile His people back to Him after deeming them as wicked, depraved, and unfit for glory. Extraordinary love.
The Gospel is the Good News of Jesus Christ that saves, sanctifies, heals, delivers, and restores as a result of the atonement made on the Cross for all of humanity. Jesus came down to earth from Heaven as an ordinary man in order to fulfill the purpose of the Father – to suffer and die for all of humanity and for all of sin. The love of God made possible through His Son Jesus Christ is what makes love extraordinary. It is what makes love perfect. Jesus came to love extravagantly. He takes us as we are – dead and in sin – and crafts us into masterpieces, beautiful works of art to fulfill His purposes. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).
I’ve done a lot of wrong in my lifetime as a woman born into sin. (If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve heard about most of it.) And a lot of wrong has been done to me. We live in a fallen world, a world where sin is prevalent. The beauty of the Cross is that we (our entire existence and everything that comes along with us) have been acquitted; our slates have been wiped clean by the blood of Jesus Christ. We have been made righteous through one perfect act of sacrifice.
Praise God that we don’t have to earn His love (Ephesians 2:9)! If we had to earn it, we would all be lost. Christ has made us free. Christ has set us free. We have been made perfect through His blood. The wonderful thing about grace is that we will always be sinners. We sin every day. But Christ takes our place. He makes us saints. Our past, present, and future has been atoned for in Him. We have been given garments of salvation, robes of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10) – pure and white, without blemish – in exchange for our filthy rags of sin. How amazing is that?! This, my friends, is the epitome of grace. Amazing grace.
As a result of Christ’s extraordinary love made possible through His (chosen) ordinary life and mission, my heart is spoken for. It belongs to my Father God. It belongs to my Lord and Savior Jesus. Jesus makes this otherwise ordinary woman of faith very extraordinary. Saved by grace through faith. Fearfully and wonderfully made. Beautiful. Mysterious. Virtuous. Pretty darn unique. Strong and courageous. Loving. Filled with His Spirit. Inundated with gifts and talents to be used for His glory. My old life has been turned over to Him. He has transferred my old life into new life in order to give Him glory, accomplish eternal work for the advancement of the Kingdom, and store up treasures in preparation for Heaven.
He is good. He is great. He is gracious. He is glorious.
Has He done the same for you? Thank Him. Praise Him.
God is love. Love is a lifestyle. Jesus lived it, and He’s still living it.
So should we. Don’t you forget it. 👑✨
With God’s Love,
Founder, Love Is A Lifestyle
Author, Happily Ever After: Biblical Womanhood, The Pursuit of Christ…and Marriage
And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
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