As Aaron and I were listening to Rob Rufus (yes, again) on legalism vs. grace (yes, again), I had somewhat of a revelation. We've heard this information so many times over the past few months it isn't funny. And not only from Mr. Rufus. In fact, I don't think I could remember how people we've heard teach/preach on grace over the the past year, but Terry Virgo, Chris Maclean, Bob Miller (from the church we've been going to lately), and Roger Bye stand out in my mind for sure.
The revelation is simply this: we're still living under law. Yes, we know it's wrong and isn't producing anything good in us, but we don't seem to know how to get out of it. We get very excited talking about grace and intellectually assenting to it and even preaching it to others, but we aren't living it. Somewhere deeply rooted in the region of our mind lies the belief that the solution to all our problems is tied up with our performance. If we just read our Bible more or fasted or something, then our lives would suddenly be transformed and PRESTO we'd be holy--I mean seriously spiritual Christians who'd start actually carrying out the great commission or something.
So if any of you have received revelation on how to get from living under law to living under pure undiluted grace, just let me know. I'd love to hear your story. I've a sneaking suspicion it's something to do with the Holy Spirit doing something we don't actually have the power to do ourselves. I seem to think I can , and then wonder why I end up a miserable failure. God help the ones who don't know they're failing! It's his grace that let's us see even that.