When I do the exercise designed to take care of that little extra around the middle, Tony says he will get rid of it for me. If that’s true, why am I the one sweating so much? But he’s only showing the way. I have to do the work.
Many Christians make the mistake of believing that even though we are saved by grace through faith, we are still obligated to work for salvation. Why can’t we let grace be what it is – unconditional, unmerited pardon, with no strings attached? If we still have to do our part then it’s not grace. Grace means complete forgiveness, with no more for us to do. For some reason, maybe pride, we have trouble accepting such an incredible gift. Perhaps it makes us feel better to believe we might be smart, good or strong enough to do this for ourselves.
Unlike Tony, who can’t get rid of love handles for anyone, Jesus really has done everything for us. He did it all – we do nothing, except accept the gift of grace.