God creates out of nothing. Therefore, until a man is nothing, God can make nothing out of him.  

Martin Luther

 

For as long as I can remember I have mantained that if you have no enemies you are doing everything wrong.  On the other hand, having a pile of enemies can’t possibly be the proof that you are doing anything right just as living on a golf course doesn’t make you Arnold Palmer. 

So, either I am doing every thing wrong or I am doing some thing right, and besides, I’m for getting it right rather than being right after all.  

I have been accused of being a grace freak—it is a name I’ll gladly accept.  In response (and some times we do well to respond, rather than to ignore for the sake of our listeners), I do have a term for my detractors—grace minimizers.  The best definition I can provide in regards to what I mean by that phrase is this; grace deprived and rule-based living that my enemies try to enslave whoever they can with—plainly a sort of thinking that we can live the Christ-empowered life on our own merits or in our own energy. 

Give me a life of grace, grace and more grace. 

 God can’t stand evil scheming, but he puts words of grace and beauty on display.   (Proverbs 15:26, The Message Bible)

I’ll let my enemies continue to go on in their fruitless and endless efforts to get into heaven as the ancient E.F. Hutton commercial used to say, the old fashioned way—they can keep trying like hell to earn it.  In the meantime, I have given up on my hopes of getting any ataboys from God by my being a good boy—instead, I’ll settle for trusting in and spouting off about the wonders of sheer grace.

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