Enjoying The Life Of CHRIST IN YOU (Motivated By Grace, Not Law)
It’s unfortunate that countless Christians are limiting their enjoyment in the Christian life. They struggle in certain areas. They also can become so focused on doing everything right as a Christian that the miss the simple joy of living as a Christian. Then they usually become arrogant, self-righteous, and burnout trying to be the “perfect little Christian”.
They are missing the significant, daily experience of CHRIST IN YOU. (I was one of these for almost 20 years as a Christian struggling with severe depression.)
I will be emphasizing the significance of understanding “Law and Grace”. It will assist you in enjoying daily your Christian life. The motivation of either law or grace shall either lead you into legalistic bondage (law) or enjoyable freedom (grace).
The central focus must always be CHRIST IN YOU living the Christian life through you.
The Scriptures we are looking at focus on giving. You should immediately see the significant difference between “Law and Grace”.
II Corinthians 9:6-8 “But this I say, he which soweth sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man accirding as he purposeful in his heart, do let him give; not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver: And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye always have all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.
God loves a cheerful giver, not one who gives grudgingly or under compulsion. We give to God because we want to (grace), not because we feel we have to or are obligated to (law).
“Law and Grace” always and only depends on the motives of the heart. I love Jesus so much that I easily trust Him. God always shows me how faithful He is.
Therefore, it is a joy to give my finances, my time, my services, etc to the Lord – all because I want to (grace), not because I have to (law).
See how easy it is to distinguish between “Law and Grace”. It all depends on the motives of one’s heart as to how to live the Christian life. The successful way is letting Jesus live the Christian life through you. The Father only qualifies Jesus to be the Christian in you.
Under Law – I must. I have to.
Under Grace – I want to. I desire to.