Years ago, I was talking to my neighbor about my lawn. “You call that a lawn,” he said, jokingly. I worried because the weeds had invaded and taken over. Should I hire a lawn care service or resod the whole yard? My neighbor simply suggested that I cut it regularly. “When you cut it,” he said, “it’s all green.” And he’s right. The striking contrasts between weeds and healthy grass go away, and for a short while it takes on the appearance of a well-manicured lawn.
He said this tongue-in-cheek, of course, and probably because he knew I couldn’t afford to resod the whole thing. That whole conversation set me to thinking about God and our lives down here. Down here where sins, worries, addictions, anxieties, and habits like to grow.
Naturally, we get concerned about our spiritual walk. We get stressed because we water and fertilize, and yet, the healthy “grass” seems to grow slowly. At times, it may even shrivel up, choked out by this setback and that.
Am I becoming more like Christ, or am I becoming more like this world? An important question to always being asking. But even Christ’s followers can get caught up in a performance-driven mentality directed toward spiritual growth. Seriously, none of us will ever have the spiritual “lawn” of the month.
I’m reminded by scripture that God views the lives of His children much differently. Yes, He wants us to become holier, and He’s given us the power to do so. By all means, continue the battle for a pure and set-apart life. However, don’t forget the Father’s grace and how He sees us. I believe He looks down on us and then looks over to the Son and says, “you know, it’s all red.”
The blood of Christ has put us all on a level playing field with God. Its solid red color blankets us, and that’s all the Father chooses to focus on. From His perspective, believers have been made righteous through the sole act of Christ’s sacrifice.
So go live in joy this day, knowing that your sins are forgiven!
Live a holy life without the fear of failure!
Thank you God for your amazing and matchless grace!
knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
1 Peter 1:18-21