“Because it’s not about getting the work done. It’s about entering into the Grace-Faith Relationship.”
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So, let’s return to our story and see that the crippled man’s new Grace-Faith Relationship with God is about to be tested. For now, Jesus tells him, “Get up, and take up your stretcher and go home” (Luke 5:24).
What will the crippled man do? Why will he even try? What would you do?
It’s such a foolish thing to attempt. He has not gotten up in years. That’s the reason his friends lowered him into the room on his pallet in the first place – because he couldn’t walk. What does the crippled man know, that you and I don’t know?
Please understand that this man must now do what he is being asked to do. He must obey. This Grace-Faith Relationship is no free-and-easy, do-nothing relationship. In the face of peer, cultural, and worldly pressures to do otherwise we must make very difficult choices to accept and abide in Jesus. And we must now do what we are instructed to do. As Paul describes it: “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25), or as John describes it: “the one who says he abides in Him [Jesus]; ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked” (1 John 2:6).
Now read Galatians 5:5-6 with me. “For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith [beginning the relationship] working [continuing the relationship] through love [consummation of the relationship]” (italics supplied). This is the “obedience from the heart” that Paul described in Romans 6:17.
But what’s the difference, you say, between doing the work within the Grace-Faith Relationship and doing the same work because I’m able to do it on my own? The work gets done either way? Right?
No, it does not, because it’s not about getting the work done. It’s about entering into the Grace-Faith Relationship; it’s about Faith, Abiding Hope, and Love. It’s about motive. And motive is everything.