I don’t know why but recently I have been in a rut. Not one of leaving Christ or anything of the sort. But simply, being pessimistic and judgmental and unloving. Lazy has been a huge thing for me recently. I mean Mike’s series came at the perfect time yet still no application on my part. I don’t really understand where all this has come from but I have been struggling to pursue holiness recently. Anyways, today, I started reading “The Discipline of Grace” by Jerry Bridges, a favorite author mine – one who helped shape me earlier on in my Christian walk. And this book has hit me so hard. Basically, the premise of the book is about how there is a part that we should play in our run with God. We shouldn’t just live as if grace is all that matters and that we can just sit by and grow in Christ. He shows the reader that you have to constantly pursue God in all of your life. Even though it is by grace that we are saved, it is a discipline to follow Christ. A journey of pushing forward. A journey of perseverance. I am about a quarter of the way through this book and it is still hitting me hard. Here are some quotes that have hit me thus far: “Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.” “The seriousness of sin is not simply measured by its consequences, but by the authority of the One who gives the command.” – this one hits me because of watching Band of Brothers over the past week or so. There is an officer in the miniseries, played by Ross from Friends, who is a real jerk and clueless as to how to lead soldiers in a time of war. Anyways, long story short, he gets demoted and one of the officers below him takes over. Ross Officer doesn’t go off to Normandy but stays back and the lower officer, Winters, becomes Battalion Commander. Then all this stuff starts happening and Ross comes back to them in Europe. He walks by Winters and doesn’t salute, as you always should a superior officer. And Winters tells Ross to salute him by saying, “You salute the rank, not the man.” Same way with sin, the gravity of the sin doesn’t matter as much as the fact that we have offended, defied, spit on, hurt, and rebelled against our God and Father. Then Bridges quotes an old Puritan preacher to make his point about how all of our acts are filthy before God and that nothing that we can do is good enough to satisfy His wrath, “even our tears of repentance need to be washed in the blood of the Lamb.” Jesus is the only One who can appease God’s wrath and gain forgiveness for ourselves. And finally, the one that I need to hear most of the time in my life with God, “when [Jesus] lived a life of perfect obedience, it is as if we had lived a life of perfect obedience.” “What He did, we did.” That is how God views us now When He sees us, He sees His Son.