Hebrews 13:9 …it is good that the heart be established by grace.
As a new Christian beginning to read the Bible, it can be an intimidating and overwhelming thing. Because sooner or later you will come across so many Scriptures that seem impossible.
- Love the Lord your God will ALL your heart… (Mtt 12:30)
- Seek God with ALL your heart… (Deut 4:29)
- Serve God with ALL your heart… (Deut 11:13)
- Trust God with ALL your heart… (Prov 3:5)
- Hold Fast to God with ALL your heart… (Josh 22:5)
The reason they seem impossible is that they are. In all honesty, you cannot do all this loving, seeking, serving, trusting with ALL your heart. You can try to do it. In fact, many will try and try and try but sooner or later they will fall short every time they do try.
The truth is, you were never meant to try to do ALL this in your strength. And that’s why the author of Hebrews says “it is good that the heart be established by grace.” What does it mean to have your heart established by grace? Often, grace is best understood by knowing what grace is not.
- When you think “breakthroughs” to your challenges depend upon your ability to obey God, this is not living by grace – Why? Because you can never obey God perfectly.
- When you think “blessing” will come more quickly because you are keeping all of God’s laws, this is not living by grace – Why? Because blessings are not dependent on your ability to keep God’s laws, but on what Jesus did to fulfill the law.
What it means to have your heart established by grace is you know the ONLY thing that qualifies you to receive God’s blessings is faith in the finished work of Christ at the cross. In the same way that salvation and righteousness come 100% through the perfect work of Christ on the cross, so does every other blessing from God.
So let your heart be established by grace. Know that ALL of God’s goodness, favor and blessings flow into your life – at home; in the workplace; in your relationships; in your studies; in all of your dealings. Not because you are working hard and striving to live a perfect life, but because of what Jesus did on the cross for you.
This doesn’t mean that you can become lazy with your life, what it means is you no longer have to worry, stress and strive down in your heart!
This is such a great way to live life. You can step out every day with confidence in God knowing that despite every challenge and trial that comes your way; despite delays and setbacks – you don’t have to worry and be filled with fear and anxiety. But your heart can be at rest, established by grace because you know all things work for your good and God’s glory. (Romans 8:28)