Monday, August 15, 2011

Are You Afraid To Walk Through This Door?

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The Room of Grace is a safe place.  It's the place you go to take off all your masks and be yourself. As you walk through this door you know everyone accepts you even if you have visible sin and if you are hiding invisible sin you're free to confess it. As a matter of fact the people there encourage you to confess it. Then as you release your 'stuff' more masks fall away.

This Room of Grace holds the key to your true identity. Jesus lives here. He's always been here loving and forgiving, holding out His nail scarred hands to all who will take them. His light shines brightly in the room and yours does too because as His child you feel free with Him. You aren't perfect and He knows it but His love is never affected by your imperfections. You never have to hide in shame from God or the people in the Room of Grace.

There is another room the Room of Good Intentions. In this room you are encouraged to wear a mask every day. If you even think of divulging your sin you know you will be judged by the people here.  In your imagination you think God will condemn you too. So a "perfect" person submerges. Perfect on the outside but suffering of guilt, shame, loss of identity, pain, and hurt on the inside. You have to "pretend" a lot when you live in this room. You can never be who you were created to be because it's all about performing for everyone. Performing for your husband, kids, church family, co-workers, friends, and all the time being someone you don't really want to be.

Maybe you have some fear about opening the door to the Room of Grace. Don’t be afraid just go on in, there’s at least one friend waiting there. Yes there’s probably someone you know already in that room. She/he is ready and waiting to help you along. Waiting to listen, to love and to accept you right where you are right now at this time and place in your life.  Its Jesus extended through flesh and blood.

Maybe what you're reading right now has struck a chord and you realize you are living in the Room of Good Intentions. Isn't it time to be YOU, the new creation you are in Christ? The Christian life lived by working, trying, striving and earning is just too hard and it was never meant to be lived that way.

Which room do you live in The Room of Grace or The Room of Good Intentions? If you aren't able to live as YOU then you are in the wrong room.

Romans 5:17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

1 Corinthians 15:12 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

Check out GraceFull Women today for a great post by my friend Jennifer. Read her Rescue Story.


Coming East said...

Oh my, Julie. Beautiful! I think some of us who know about that Room of Grace and love to dwell there, sometimes wander back into that Room of Good Intentions. That room wears you out, doesn't it? But it's good to know that the door to the Room of Grace is never shut, so even if we wander out occasionally, we can turn around and go right back in whenever we want. Love this post, Julie.

juliemooreonlife said...

Yep I wander out ever so often and I thank God He is waiting for me to return when I come back. I spent many years wearing myself out until I learned this truth and this Christian life is easier now that I can allow Him to live it through me.

Lance said...

Your post struck me because I am doing well in my Faith but looking for a church home. My "Room of Grace" has become my house or whatever room my wife and I can talk and have quiet time.

I may come back and recomment because I can't really type what I'm thinking. Thanks for hitting me in a good way with this today.

juliemooreonlife said...

Faith is something i love to talk about. it's great you have that connection with your wife not everyone has that. It's good you're looking for a church home I'm blessed to have found one where there isn't "much" judgement and lots of love.

Debbi Robertson is 24atHeart said...

Beautiful words. And OH SO TRUE! Excellent my dear friend!