There are many things I cannot do: I cannot save and sanctify myself; I cannot redeem the world; I cannot make right what is wrong, pure what is impure, holy what is unholy. All this is the sovereign work of God. Do I have faith in what God, through Jesus Christ, has done? He has made for us a perfect atonement, placing us back in a right relationship with him. Am I in the habit of constantly realizing it?

The great need in each of our lives isn’t to do things or to experience things but to believe them. The atonement isn’t something I experience. It is the great act of God, upon which I build my faith. If instead I build my faith upon my experiences, I will produce the kind of life that isn’t found in Scripture—an isolated life, in which I fix my eye upon my own spotlessness. Isolation has no basis in the atonement. The piety isolation produces is useless for God and a nuisance to other people, because it denies the reality of how things actually are. It’s easy to shine in the sun when we’re up on the mountaintop, alone with God, but Jesus wants us to shine where there is no sun, down in the valley, where it is dark with the press of practical things.

Do I understand that Jesus Christ wants his atonement to be recognized in every practical thing I do? In my home life? In my business? The grace of God is absolute, but I must prove, through obedience, that I do not receive his grace in vain. I must continually bring myself to judgment and ask, “Am I looking at this matter in the light of the atonement, or am I lacking Christ’s discernment?” Every time I obey, absolute Deity is on my side. Obedience means that I’ve placed all my hope in the atonement, and everything I do is met by the supernatural grace of God.

Wisdom from Oswald

Jesus Christ can afford to be misunderstood; we cannot. Our weakness lies in always wanting to vindicate ourselves.
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