Advent Day 17

Advent Day 17

December 17, 2023

Dec. 17

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8

People are prone to making us perform to stay in their good graces or do penance if we let them down. We lose big when we allow those experiences to color our relationship with God. No amount of penance before God can secure the favor Christ Jesus has already won on our behalf.

I’ve learned to live celebrating the truth that I’m forgiven, accepted, and loved when I feel like it—and when I don’t. I’ve discovered the power of reminding myself Jesus not only met the bar for me; He obliterated the measuring stick. I delight in reminding myself I’m not poked and prodded and scrutinized for admission at the Door. I’m warmly welcomed and fully received through Christ Jesus.

And the very best news of the season, friend? It’s true for you, too!


Shellie Rushing Tomlinson 

Author and Bible Teacher