In the name of the God who is, and was, and is to come ☩ Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
There’s a tension in the Christian faith between what God has done for us, which is everything, and what our response ought to be. You see, when we say that God’s grace is the only thing that matters and that none of the burden of salvation is on us, sometimes we can slip into complacency. But if we overcorrect by claiming that our actions are what bring about our righteousness or the Kingdom of God, well, then we end up diminishing the finality, completeness, and grandeur of what God has done for us in Christ. The trick, as it almost always is, is to let the tension remain instead of trying to resolve it. Think of a piece of string between two points, without tension, there is nothing, but with enough tension between them, beautiful music can be made. Yes, faith rests solely on the grace of God, but like a tree with the roots of this grace in our lives there is an expectation of fruitfulness in word and deed.