Everyone's talking about the "let it go!" side of grace, but what about the "let Him in!"?
The entry point of grace is nothing less than traumatic. For that very reason most of Christendom rushes past it and false teachers gloss it over. Please notice the expressions of spiritual trauma used to describe converts on the very first day of the church. Are we any less guilty than they?
According to the biblical record, the entry point of grace involves:
Difficult discoveries - "God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:36, NKJV)
Gut-wrenching guilt - "Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart...." (Acts 2:37, NKJV)
Response of desperation - "Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37, NKJV)
Life-changing sacrifice - "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized." (Acts 2:38, NKJV)
Submission to a new Master - "…baptized in the name of Jesus Christ." (Acts 2:38, NKJV)
Acceptable terms of surrender - "…for the remission of sins." (Acts 2:38, NKJV)
The entry point of grace requires nothing less than a death to self (Romans 6:3-4) and an emergency surgery at the very hands of Jesus (Colossians 2:11-12). The entry point of grace involves trauma to the spiritual man. Just as a person who is experiencing physical loss must take time to grieve, a person experiencing radical spiritual transformation must take time to acknowledge the trauma. Without the biblical steps mentioned above, partial converts walk around in a self-delusional haze of spiritual denial. In order for the church to be an effective support group for spiritual recovery we must start at the beginning.
When the entry point of grace is reduced to a convenient absolution of conscience through the recitation of a pre-scripted "sinner's prayer," the cross is reduced to verbal jewelry and the Divine torture of Calvary becomes little more than religious history. When the entry point of grace becomes an after-the-fact ceremony of symbolic gestures ("outward sign of an inward grace"), the celebration overwhelms the journey and the "let it go!" rushes past the "let Him in!"
The world needs more than a convenient Lord and a casual Savior. The world needs to learn the truth about the glory and the sacrifice of the metamorphosis of grace.
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