Most people I talk to are not living the life they hoped would happen. I think this is for two primary reasons. The first is their dreams were not fulfilled, and they look at other people’s lives wishing they had that kind of love or success. The second reason is this – we overlook where we are and what we have been given in Christ. I love how Paul writes about this life we have been given through the work of Jesus.
By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.
(Romans 5:1-2 MSG)
It isn’t that one day you made all the decisions that made you right with God. You made one decision. To receive “what God has always wanted to do for us —set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus.
I do not have it all together if you look at my life for what it is. I fall. I mess up. I sin. I wish I didn’t, but I’m human and I do.
I do have it all together with God because of what Jesus did. I’m not living in a state of fear with God. I trust the grace of God in my life. God has set me right with him, and I have it all together with God only because of what He has done.
My life is way better than I would ever imagine. I find myself standing where I always hoped I would stand. It isn’t a small, narrow area of thought. It is not in the corner of a judgmental life. I am not in the place of disgust and resentment. What God has done is much better than that.
I am standing in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory. No person gets there on their own. It is what God has done through Jesus on the cross.
But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace.
When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down.
(Romans 5:20 MSG)
You may be in a better place than you think. The place you’re standing in may be better than the place you think you’re standing in. When you accept Christ, you are in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory. You’re not confined to small thinking, a judgmental mind, a bitter heart, or a repressed logic. You may feel like you are sometimes. Open yourself back up to what God has done in your life. You’re in wide open spaces.
So what do you do when you’re in wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory?
Stand tall. Don’t believe the lies that say you aren’t worth it, that your life won’t count, or that you’re not making a difference. Keep your head up. This isn’t about pride. This is a quiet confidence in what God has done for you, knowing that Jesus has saved you and has great plans for you.
Shout your praise. One of the things I see this summer at Contact Mission is kids shouting praise. It is amazing to see how they praise God. They do not care what others think of them. They are going to shout their praise to God. When God’s love comes into your heart, it isn’t a small thing. It’s transcendent. Amazing. Magnificent. Above and beyond. It stirs you up. Let’s you see how great God is. Shout your praise to Him.
Stand tall. Shout your praise. You’re in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory.