As I have been sharing the New Covenant message of grace, one of the most common responses I get is, “But this just sounds too simple.” And I completely understand this feeling.
I struggled with the same thinking all my life. I sincerely felt that it was dangerously simplistic to teach people that all we have to do is to love God and put our faith in His grace. But this kind of thinking revealed that I didn’t understand what the apostles meant when they said “grace.” I thought of grace as JUST “unmerited favor” or “unearned love”.
Those are great definitions for the basics, or beginnings of grace but not for the fullness of the New Covenant of grace. The early apostles believed that true, New Covenant grace is a miracle of inner transformation; and authentic Christianity depends completely on this miracle of transforming grace.
When we choose to respond to God’s love for us by loving Him back and putting our faith in His grace, a miracle begins to work inside of us. The initial actions of faith and love may seem simple, but the results are nothing short of miraculous.
The initial effort of believing that God tells the truth about His grace, sets in motion something far more powerful than our simple faith. When we choose to love God and put our faith in the power of His life inside of us, God releases a miracle in us.
All that’s required of us is to have just enough faith to do the initial, simple action of believing Him. This simple action of believing allows a power far greater than us to begin working inside us, changing us from the inside out.
Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:5
We say that grace is free. But grace isn’t really free; the cost is believing God tells the truth!
God’s love for us is free. We can’t earn His love by doing good works. We experience it as a free gift because we believe Him when He says He loves us.
In the same way, He gives us His transforming, empowering grace as an unearned gift when we choose to believe His promise of the true New Covenant of grace; Christ living in and through us.