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I read the article, “You Have An ‘A’”, earlier today by Tullian Tchividjian and simply had to highlight it here. The story he tells is such an incredibly powerful and simply illustration of what we particularly celebrate this week:

She (the head of the English department) looked up and saw me standing there by my daughter and could tell that Robin was about to cry. There were some students standing around and, because the teacher didn’t want Robin to be embarrassed, she dismissed the students saying, “I want to talk to these people alone.” As soon as the students left and the door was closed, Robin began to cry. I said, “I’m here to get my daughter out of that English  class. It’s too difficult for her. The problem with my daughter is that she’s too conscientious. So, can you put her into a regular English class?” The teacher said, “Mr. Brown, I understand.” Then she looked at Robin and said, “Can I talk to Robin for a minute?” I said, “Sure.” She said, “Robin, I know how you feel. What if I promised you and A no  matter what you did in the class? If I gave you an A before you even started, would you be willing to take the class?” My daughter is not dumb! She started sniffling and said, “Well, I think I could do that.” The teacher said, “I’m going to give  you and A in the class. You already have an A, so you can go to class.”

Later the teacher explained to Steve what she had done. She explained how she took away the threat of a bad grade so that Robin could learn English. Robin ended up making straight A‘s on her own in that class.

Isn’t that the truth of the gospel? Jesus fulfills our need for holiness, strips away the need to focus on our performance, the fear of failing, and enables us to walk in grace and live the life He calls us to. Listen to Mr. Tchividjian’s final thoughts:

That’s how God deals with us. Because we are, right now, under the completely sufficient imputed righteousness of Christ, Christians already have an A. The threat of failure, judgment, and condemnation has been removed. We’re in–forever! Nothing we do will make our grade better and nothing we do will make our grade worse. We’ve been set free.

Knowing that God’s love for you and approval of you will never be determined by your performance for Jesus but Jesus’ performance for you will actually make you perform more and better, not less and worse.

When you think about the cross tomorrow on Good Friday and celebrate his resurrection on Sunday, don’t just think about what Jesus paid for in your sin but think about the adoption and justification he also purchased: We already have an A! We’re in! Forever! He approves of you! When we truly understand this, it won’t cause us to be lazy or to try to take advantage of this grace but to enjoy it! In the story above, Robin did not kick back and check out of her class but was motivated by the freedom her professor gave her and did not want to throw away what she had been given! That is how we should be!

    No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39 ESV)

You can read the full article here: “You Have An ‘A’”

I also commend this short but paradigm shifting message by Mr. Tchividjian:

Giving Thought to Gospel ‘Math’: Why Jesus + Nothing = Everything

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