I often marvel at the earthy wisdom from the ‘hills’ of Kentucky. Growing up in Eastern Kentucky, I didn’t realize at the time how wise many of the people and sayings actually were. Not until I left the hills to pursue higher education did I begin to see that the simple folk wisdom often exceeded the erudite proclamations of academia.
Let me share an example. As a youth, I heard my dad say, “If the difference makes no difference then there is no difference.” When I apply that bit of wisdom to the Christian life, I must ask, “What difference does Christ make in my life? What difference does Christ make in your life?”. I know that He must make a difference or there is no difference. Scripture sets a high standard for the difference Christ will make. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” (II Cor. 5:17) The apostle Pauladds more emphasis by stating that we must all come “ unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Eph. 4:13)
With such a high standard, how can we possibly measure up? The answer is ‘grace’. Grace received and applied makes up the difference between our best effort and God’s high standard. When we truthfully give our best effort and come up short, God’s grace makes up the difference.
If that proposition is true, and it is, you may ask, why struggle? Why not just let God do it? You must surely know that grace makes up the difference only when we give our best effort and fall short. God does not demand more of a redeemed person than they are capable of doing, but He does expect us to give our best.
What difference is Christ making in our lives? People must be able to see a notable difference in our daily lives. Eph. 3:20 gives us this promise, “ He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us.” The difference Christ makes will make a difference in the way we live!
Prayer: Lord, please do not let me be one of those Paul referred to in Gal 5:4 as “those to whom Christ has become of no effect … fallen from grace.”
~ Brother Roy