I was taking the last of my New Employee classes this week. One class was on communication and one of the Big Ideas from that class was "Compliance vs Commitment " and that you really want people to be committed to what you are saying as opposed to just complying. This passed through my brain with little impact but later in the day, this was brought up again and I had an "A-ha" moment. This question of Compliance vs Commitment is really the same argument as the Law vs Grace.
the Law. That's because we simply can't follow the Law -- we are full of sin. But some people ask, "Couldn't God just make us follow the Law?" or "Couldn't God just forgive us anyway?"
The answer is yes He could but no He won't. The answer is the same for compliant.
Christ showed us what being committed to God is like -- even to death on the cross. And the Christ sacrificed himself in exchange for our sins since we can't commit to the Law, we could be commit to God's forgiveness. That's really it -- commit to God's forgiveness and the rest is done for you.
With grace, commitment is the only option God has given us. We can't simply comply with it, because God has done it all. This goes back to one of the profound statements that I have ever heard. It has stuck with me for over ten years and will probably be with me until I die. "Grace brings forth response." Meaning that once you are confronted with the reality of God's grace, you must respond in one way or another. There is no middle-of-the-road, shrug your shoulders kind of response to the grace and forgiveness of God.
So, then, how are we showing our commitment to God?
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