photo: Jake Schrier
Rhythms of Grace by JW Kaiser
So lately, as the years fly by, I feel stuck. Stuck in the place somewhere between surfing a longboard and a shortboard. For an “older” guy (let’s just say older than 18 and younger than 100) I’m not ready to give up my shortboard yet, and since I’m not a masterful logger like @kookapinto, the thought of riding longboards and mid-lengths all the time doesn’t excite me when the waves are over knee high. My pride and indecision has my wave count down and my stoke level needing to be topped off.
I wish this decision was the hardest one I’ll face today. Unfortunately for us all, we are faced with a much harder and more important internal battle time and time again. The choice is this: To believe that God’s way (and the person of Jesus Christ himself) is better than what the world can offer, and trust that his plans for me are sufficient, or to believe that my flesh and everything the world can offer is worthy of my time, my money, and most importantly my heart. To put it simply, do I choose Jesus Christ, or what the world and my own fleshful desires can offer? To be honest, I think I have to make that decision about 13 million times a day.
Here’s the good news. Any decision or choice that I would need to make is trumped by the decision that God has already made for me. He already made the decision to choose me and rescue me. Certainly my poor decisions have Earthly and relational consequences. However, God’s decision to save and redeem me cannot be outdone by any poor decision I will make multiple times today.
We cannot do anything today to make God love us more or less. He chooses to love us because we are his, not because of even our best intentions or efforts. So lay the burden of those decisions at the foot of the cross. Don’t be stuck between what you think you are in control of and what God actually is. As Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.”