“If grace is an ocean we’re all sinking”
If we compare our lives to a boat out on the ocean there are four things we can/should look at:
- The boat we are standing on
- The water/ocean around us
- The wake behind us
- The destination in front of us
Or another way to look at these
- The Law of the Prophets
- Our past
- Eternity with Christ
The boat itself can be compared to the “law of the prophets” [laws pointing to God’s character…not just the do’s and don’ts list] and the foundation that we stand on so that we can understand the depth of grace. Without the boat, we would be overwhelmed in this earthly life, and have no way to recognize grace.
But, He said, You can not see My face, for no man shall see Me and live. (Exodus 33:20 AMP)
The design for building a boat was given to us, so that we may set out into the ocean and navigate it correctly. While the boat requires “work” to maintain movement, it is out of RESPONSE to the ocean of grace around us. This work makes the boat [law] respond to the ocean [grace]…work doesn’t make the ocean respond to the boat. If “grace is an ocean” then we must recognize how vast it is and how nothing we do will tame the power that comes with it. We didn’t earn it, make it, build it, or work for it. We simply set sail on it.
So too at the present time there is a remnant (a small believing minority), selected (chosen) by grace (by God’s unmerited favor and graciousness).
But if it is by grace (His unmerited favor and graciousness), it is no longer conditioned on works or anything men have done. Otherwise, grace would no longer be grace [it would be meaningless]. (Romans 11:5-6 see also Ephesians 2:8)
The wake behind us reminds us of how far God has brought us into grace as we press on towards the goal of being reunited with His son. However, we cannot always be looking backwards or we won’t take joy in where we are going. It is important to recognize the past but look ahead to the future, otherwise the boat will be tossed about aimlessly with no clear direction…and eventually be torn apart.
The destination in front of us is Christ, but we must not get caught up in “the distance to get there” because we will soon realize that we are infinitely separated from that destination aside from Christ. Our works [steering the boat] are not what get us to Christ. Our works simply allow us to further recognize the power and depth of the grace that is
What’s interesting about all of this is that if we focus solely on one of these things, we reject something that Christ has done. If we simply sit on the boat, or worse…stare at the designs but never build one, then we miss out on what the boat [law] was intended for in the first place. God’s grace has no limits and are not under our control, just like the ocean. The law was given to us so that we might have a way to direct ourselves through grace and understand better how grace moves and flows.
Our past sin is not just a place to dwell in sorrow, but a reminder of how far Christ went in order to save us. The future ahead of us is unattainable by human means but is goal that we can fix our eyes upon so that we can maintain our hope and faith in the one who will walk out on the waves and meet us.
Christ will walk out upon the waves and bridge the distance between us and our final destination. He steps into the boat, fulfilling the law, walking on and directing us into perfect grace, while reminding us that He brought us from the “wake” of death, to life.
ALL scripture is God-breathed and therefore ALL of it works together to point us to Christ, the one who restored our relationship to the creator of the universe. We cannot simply stare in one direction on the boat or we will miss much of the character and nature of Christ.
Instead we should be mindful of sin, but focused on Christ. We are to be students of the law, while sailing [living] in the fullness of grace.
Desire all of Jesus, not just parts of Jesus.