My last home was in Yakima.
My new home is in Maple Valley.
The distance between them is about 130 miles – a little over 2 hours by car.
My old home no longer belongs to me.
The title deed for the new home has my name on it.
Driving to the old home in order to change my clothes or fix something to eat would be an exercise in futility. The locks have been changed. I don’t belong there anymore.
My old home is no longer a resource or refuge for me.
I have a new place now.
The old system of relating with God was based on law, works and sacrifices.
The new system of relating with God is based entirely upon the once-and-for-all sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Trying to establish or maintain a relationship with God based on the old system (of law, works and sacrifices) would be an exercise in futility. No matter how hard you work at it – you will fail.
This old system is not your home. The locks have been changed. You don’t belong there anymore. The old system is no longer a resource or refuge for you.
You have a new place now – a place where you belong – at home in God’s family based upon his grace.
Here’s how the Bible explains it:
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” -Ephesians 2.8, 9
“For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.” -Galatians 5.4
Out with the old and in with the new… come home to grace!