IN THIS HOUSE WE…
by Tyler Pieper
We all have tchotkes (chotch-kee), those classic American home-fillers meant to inspire us into wanting to do the dishes or convince your houseguests that your children really do love eachother. But above all the tchotkes reigns one tchotke supreme, (yes, even above the infamous Live Laugh Love), there’s a decorative sign in your home that declares:
IN THIS HOUSE WE
You know the one…
We do grace.
We do piles of laundry.
We do messy.
We do *insert incredibly cutesy & relatable anecdote here*
All of the above may be true, but I’m left wondering, if Jesus were decorating the room of our lives... our homes... our church, what would His "in this house we" be?
John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
I'd argue that it would be, simply put, we do Grace and Truth.
The reality is, there’s a depth of sincerity that even the most clever tchotke can’t convey. If we ever want to truly embrace Jesus, we have to embrace grace and truth. You cannot embrace grace without truth, and you cannot embrace truth without grace. But why?
Because they’re synonymous with the name of Jesus.
We often deliver to the world a cautious version of the Gospel, not wanting to offend anybody with the Bible or our point of view on serious and important societal topics, citing grace grace grace grace grace (no truth). And, simultaneously, there exists a relentless Bible pounding that is wildly ineffective with truth truth truth truth truth (no grace).
One trying to prevail over the other leads to destruction, always.
Jesus came to set the captive free. This is not theoretical, this is actual. You cannot adopt just one side of this thing- because when we only accept a part of Jesus, we accept partial freedom and remain partially in chains.
Truth without grace leads to rules and rebellion. But then here's Jesus with Grace, His unmerited favor for His children. He wasn't getting rid of the rules when He gave His life- He was bringing relationship to the rules. Grace without truth leads to doing whatever, and believing whatever, because where there is no greater authority in our lives, we will always follow the majority.
The Holy Spirit will continue to challenge your heart with truth in our sometimes messy human mistakes, but He is there like a friend, to pick us up and dust us off… with grace.