Never forget – in Christ, God has already made up His mind about you! We can get in a mess by going on with our own stories, but God is always consistent about loving us. We can live in His story for us, because He loves us, all the time, no matter what.

Nothing in God wants to manipulate or control us. He has no hidden agenda – his one agenda is to set us free to be ourselves. God has no suspicions towards us, He trusts us!

So, we can do anything we want to, but we really don’t want to do bad stuff, since our true new man needs no limitations or controls. 2 Cor 5:17 states, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come”. The real you is now in the image and likeness of God, what is wrong with that? Our new man does not want to repeat our old sin, since the new man is truly who we are now. We are far too sin-conscious – we should take encouragement in our new man, and rest in the love and grace of our Father, especially when we make a mistake. 

Jesus exposes our hyper-religious sacrificial systems, the fallacy of man trying to change an angry god. Ephesians 1:4-5 says, “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” Great pleasure, and He has always loved you, from before He made the world! He was nor will He ever angry with you.

We need to see the story of Christ in a much larger context than sin and salvation. He did not come in response to sin or evil, He was not manipulated into coming to earth by our sin. We tend to focus on the law and “then” grace, but think about God at the beginning – Ephesians shows there was no law yet, and He was still gracious! This shows us a God of giving and grace, long before the law was introduced. That’s who our Dad is.

God is excited about your life; if you are bored maybe you are not seeing what God sees. Don’t allow circumstances to teach you what they are not qualified to teach, because He sees much more in your future than what you can remember about your past!

(With thanks to Andre Rabe)