In our last study we looked at the finished work of Christ. To come to a better understanding of grace we need to renew our minds to the truth of Christ's finished work. We saw from the Word there is nothing we can do to make God love us or favor us more. Yet, tradition and religious ruled minds resist this truth intensely.
Before understanding God's amazing grace, I was one of those resisting this truth. In my past I struggled and strived in a vain attempt to get God to bless me and to "use" me more. I would give away large donations, including portions of monthly bills. I studied for hours at a time. I gave away things I enjoyed, such as collectibles, movies on DVD or VHS (yes, that ancient form of media), I turned off "secular" music and only listened to Christian bands. I pursued God passionately.
I was cutting away and suppressing my personality in order for me to be more holy or anointed. I was always taught the anointing will cost you. I realized if I wanted to minister healing and new life to folk I'd better start paying God for use of His anointing. So I kept striving.
After years of striving, God revealed His truth to me through His Spirit and Word. I finally saw His wonderful, amazing grace. Now I understand who I am in Him. There was never anything wrong with God or His Word and by virtue of His finished work there was nothing wrong with me. Knowing this, I could rest. I now rest in His completed work. I stopped striving and began resting and you can too.
Contrary to the myth our detractors are accusing us of we are not preaching a "do nothing" gospel. That is we are not promoting laziness and unfruitful living. True there may be some misguided believers who have misunderstood grace as literally, do nothing. Staying with what God said is the simple remedy for that.
That being said, there is a genuine "do nothing" gospel. There is nothing you can do enough to earn or deserve God's love. You can't do this or that just perfectly to cause more of God's blessing to be on you. There is no amount of striving that will cause God to be more pleased with you. Jesus did it all. His work was enough.