We sang “Graves into Gardens” this past Sunday and it struck me how appropriate the lyrics were to the message we had just heard. In part, that song says, “I am not afraid to show You my weakness. My failures and flaws, Lord, you have seen them all…Oh, there is nothing better than you…”
Apparently that song sprang out of a message that Steven Furtick preached back in 2020. He referenced the story in 2 Kings 13:20-21 where some men were burying a body near the same site that the prophet, Elisha, was buried. However, some Moabite raiders were ransacking the area and the gravediggers panicked.
Instead of completing the job of digging the fresh grave, they just dumped this unnamed man into Elisha’s tomb. When the body fell on Elisha’s bones, the fellow came back to life! The grave turned into a garden of sorts.
That story perfectly depicts Jason’s message this week. In Galatians 2, the Apostle Paul wanted us to know that keeping the law doesn’t make us good. We can achieve a right relationship with God ONLY when we acknowledge our sin, repent, and seek His face. Doing the right things, just makes us good “do-gooders.” It doesn’t justify us with Almighty God.
The Law and all its requirements are meant to show us our sin, and then God has an opportunity (if we let Him) to show us His grace. The sooner we admit our sin, the sooner we can embrace His mercy and grace.
…So, back to our song: we need to declare loud, long, and strong, “I am not afraid to show You my weaknesses. My failures and flaws, Lord, you have seen them all…Oh, there is nothing better than you.”
When we do, those old bones which were dead in trespasses and sin (Ephesians 2:1), jump to new life!
That’s what it means to be living by faith on the “grace side” of life. I’ll see you there!