On August 7th we enter Mercy Season in the SYNC cycle. It will climax in the holiest day of the year, the Day of Atonement, Sept. 18 this year. In the SYNC cycle, this is the season to concentrate on the meaning of Christ’s self-sacrificial death and his blood atoning for our sin. What was he intending when he “walked the walk” and paid that awful price?
The standard answer would be that he intended to open the way to eternity with God in heaven. But the even more important point for us today may be that he intended his atonement to make it possible for many others to walk the walk.
This Mercy Season, let’s get his sacrifice on our minds. Let it overpower us and empower us. Let his mercy transform us into merciful people, glad to be forgiven, passionate about doing the right thing. Let us hear the call of Amos to a nation that merely talked the talk: “Justice must flow like torrents of water, righteous actions like a stream that never dries up.” Amos 5.24 (NET)
Of course, we all know that we should “walk the walk” and not just “talk the talk” of “justification by faith.” But might we be falling for a third option, one that would allow us to feel superior to those who talk the talk but not require us to walk the walk? Let’s call it “chalk the chalk.” (Read more . . .)