Tomorrow’s sermon for the worship services in the sanctuary is from the question Jesus asked Peter – “Who do you say I am?” And while Peter answered the question with his mouth, the proof of what he said was in the way he lived his life.
If we view Jesus as a softy, a pushover if you will, we will tend to abuse His grace. If we view Him as a task master, we will constantly be worried and second guessing the way we live our lives.
Who do you say Jesus is?
I think Jesus has the highest expectations for us, yet shows us grace when we fail to meet those expectations. Near the end of his life, Leo Tolstoy wrote (about failing to live up to Jesus’ commands in the Bible), “I have failed to fulfil them not because I did not wish to, but because I was unable to.”
Philip Yancey said sometimes we can see our own inadequacy in light of God’s ideal for us, but we must take that next step to trust God’s grace to overcome the shortfall. The shame is when people can’t admit or see their own inadequacy and/or when they can’t bring themselves to believe that God forgives them for falling short. Jesus is the one who sets this impossible standard, yet at the same time covers us with grace and frees us to live our lives as best we can.