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eccentric… exiting grace…

Eccentric… a word from Saturday’s teaching on grace…

She made one brief point… but the word… it echoes…

eccentric – “ek” = exit    “centric” = center  
…leaving the center…
…as a Christian, grace is our center…

She spoke too fast for my pen… but this is what I drew…
The center of the cross… marks the center of grace…
Followers of Christ find center… by being crucified with Him… by faith… dead to self… 
At the center of the cross… we stand fully in grace…
For unbelievers… and the world… the center is found in self… 
(I drew as I processed this post today…)
The truth is… the selflessness of Christ on the cross… appears eccentric… to the world…
My current treadmill read confirms…

… the center of the secular worldview is self: What will I get out of this? Who will meet my needs? I’m doing my own thing. …

…Satan is called the prince of this world because self-interest rules the world. …

…Such is Satan’s creed, and unfortunately the lives of all too many people validate his claims. Satan has deceived them into thinking they are serving themselves when in fact they are serving the world, the flesh, and the devil. 

Neil Anderson, The Bondage Breaker 

Unfortunately… many Believers are eccentric… living lives much like those of unbelievers… self-centered… leading to anxiety… depression… angst… worthlessness…

Keeping center… embracing His death… as ours… forms the foothold… of grace… a foundation of peace…

No need to fret over behavior… ours… or others… He has paid the price… He receives the glory… we receive His grace… by faith…

To lose one’s life for His sake… seems like foolish eccentricity to the world… but for us who believe… it is the power of grace… and peace…

For the message of the cross is foolishness 
to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18
Eccentric… 
A word that reminds me… to keep centered… on grace… by faith…

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