No “shade” from the Son

shade from the sun

One of the advantages of observing Lent is the opportunity to strip away what might be hindering our Christian walk and to focus on what really matters:  our relationship with Jesus and the immense sacrifice He made to reconcile us to the Father.

Although I love the comforting words of Romans 8, the beauty of Romans 10 is how it demystifies the “what” and “who” of salvation.  We are saved by grace through faith, manifested in our verbal confession (saying it is so) that Jesus is Lord of our lives.  The God of the universe offers this salvation to anyone–no prerequisites–who calls on Him.  “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Rom. 10:13)

Who could ask for anything more?

But very often, we make our salvation far more complicated than it needs to be.  Think about how in the Old Testament, the Jewish leaders piled on, in addition to the Ten Commandments, more than 600 rules that needed to be adhered to.  Or consider several present-day denominations that enforce a strict code of behavior and dress that goes way beyond what is described in the New Testament.

I love Jesus for making things plain and simple for us.  We come to Him in our sin-stained condition.  He does not discriminate in pouring out His love on us.  In the words of the old hymn, “whosoever will may come.”  To use current language, he is an equal-opportunity God.   All are invited to His table.

My prayer for this Lenten period is that we, like the children Jesus encouraged us to emulate, would come to Him anew, accepting afresh the gift of salvation He freely offers.  Regardless of who or what we are, we have the assurance that the Son of God will throw no “shade” on us.  Rather, He calls us to a life in which, as we serve and honor Him, gladly sharing the Good News of the gift of salvation, we  will “shine . . . like stars in the sky.” (Phil 2:15).


Comments

  1. Hi Alison, very encouraging word. It is times like these that we are to make the best use of God’s river of grace to ensure that we are in place for it to flow through us. It is a serious time of renewal of our faith and to accept His salvation. Beautiful song! Blessings! 🙂
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  2. Thanks, Yvonne! There’s such a peace that comes with listening to that song and letting the truth of the lyrics wash over us.
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  3. We can’t ask for anything more I am so glad he gives us his grace and mercy it truly sets us free.
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  4. What a BEAUTIFUL photo, and a lovely song.
    This is truly a time of year to think about faith, grace, and self.
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  5. We do seem to make things more complicated than they often need to be, don’t we? It would serve us all well to step back and remember that. Thanks for that reminder!
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  6. Hi Ali! I completely agree with the simplicity thing. I just wrote a post about just that subject. God’s word is not that complicated. It’s just that I think of all the ways I can get around it and ignore it, so guess what? More rules!! Just love. That’s it. Love. And if I make decisions based on that, I’ll be fine.

    Blessings!
    Ceil
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  7. I agree Alison some how we over complicate things and yoke ourselves in places that Christ came to bring us freedom.
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  8. I LOVE that you clarify how simple it is to be saved! I grew up in a church where I was constantly afraid of doing something wrong and going to hell for it. No joke. Pretty heavy to be on the mind of a little kid, huh? 🙂 But now I know that His grace and my belief in Jesus as the Son has already saved me; nothing can take that away; nothing I do can earn or deserve that! ♥ And I saw on Dre’s blog that you are the “Ali” that ordered from my shop awhile back! I had so much fun fulfilling your order & want to say THANK YOU again!
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    • How cool to see you here commenting, Galaxia! Yes, I am that “Ali” on Dre’s blog. Small blogging world, isn’t it? The quicker we understand the simplicity of salvation, the quicker we can move on to be all that God’s calling us to be and do for His kingdom. The spiritual red tape is just that: a hindrance to our ability to believe and obey.

  9. This is awesome Ali! You really brought a Word in this post! You are so anointed. Thank you for sharing this song too, its beautiful!

    • Isn’t it a great song, Nellie? It brings such peace, and a reminder of the process through which we came into undeserved grace. Very humbling.

  10. Beautiful post. I will be thinking about this post all day. Thank you.-Ashley
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  11. I need more simplicity in my life…thanks for the reminder Ali! As always, you are such an inspiration!
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  12. AMEN to THIS Alison!!!! Oh, if only people really understand His Grace… so simple really. I love that you clearly claimed the Gospel for all who read this to GET IT. XOXO
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  13. well-said alison. i love the lenten season, just strip away everything that’s keeping us from following. and get to it. deepen our relationship with God.
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    • That’s the beauty of Lent, Catherine: a time to reflect without the encumbrances and distractions that usually beset us. Have a great Easter weekend, my dear.

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