Today is Ash Wednesday. A day in the Religious Christian calendar set apart for prayer and fasting ahead of a period of repentance.
For those of us, who are in the process of renouncing religion and embracing Christ-ianity, it is a time to ponder on the grace of God.
But this post is not just for people who are or were Religious Christians it is for anyone who is interested in seeking God.
For the last year or so, I’ve been pondering on how I can explain such a complex concept of God’s grace in the simplest possible form and that’s when I remembered the movie experience that has produced the greatest response of my heart in worship to God, Disney’s Frozen 2.
So to explain Grace to as wide an audience as possible, I will use the songs of Disney’s Frozen 1 & 2. But before I do this let me lay the foundations in simple-ish definitions.
So what is grace?
Grace is God the Father’s Free Gift of Love to all mankind
Grace is God the Son’s (Jesus) sacrifice as payment for all of mankind’s shortcomings (sins).
Grace is embodied in God’s Holy Spirit
How can we accept grace?
With an honest and humble heart, we recognise that we are unable to be perfect and therefore unable to attain God the Father’s glory by ourselves.
(This is called repentance and has nothing to do with fear, guilt or shame; those are sadly imposed by self or other humans but not by God)
We then surrender ourselves as a living sacrifice of worship in response to Jesus’ sacrifice.
By this we receive the Holy Spirit into our hearts who teaches us the process of embracing grace by slowly and gently discarding all our layers of fear, guilt & shame till we attain the glory of God.
Why should we accept grace?
We accept grace because it is the only way to attain the Glory of God. (For more on the Glory of God, see my previous post).
But also because God is not asking us to do something God has not already done.
God the Father surrendered His son & His Spirit to humanity and gave us the right to refuse.
He took the bigger risk.
So what do you need to Do?
Here goes my attempt at reducing these concepts to the simplest form such that a child can understand.
In the songs of Disney’s Frozen 1&2,
1. Let it Go (Accept your shortcomings)
2. The only fixer-upper fixer that can fix up a fixer-upper is True Love (Surrender to Jesus’ Sacrifice)
3. Show Yourself / Into the Unknown (Embrace God’s Grace)
So what are you waiting for, this Ash Wednesday, jump into the unknown and embrace God’s Grace.
PS To know more watch this by Steven Furtick
PPS If, per chance, Steven Furtick finds himself here, then start here and work backwards 😉
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind but now I see
Was Grace that taught my heart to fear
And Grace, my fears relieved
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed
Through many dangers, toils and snares
We have already come
T’was Grace that brought us safe thus far
And Grace will lead us home
“For it was only through this wonderful grace that we believed in him. Nothing we did could ever earn this salvation, for it was the gracious gift from God that brought us to Christ! So no one will ever be able to boast, for salvation is never a reward for good works or human striving. We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it!”
Ephesians 2:8-10 TPT
“For this is how much God loved the world—he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him will never perish but experience everlasting life. “God did not send his Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it! So now there is no longer any condemnation for those who believe in him, but the unbeliever already lives under condemnation because they do not believe in the name of God’s beloved Son.”
John 3:16-18 TPT