Thursday, June 20, 2013

FROM MY HEART

I like the song "His Grace Is Enough" and sing it every now-and-then, in and out of church.  I am currently scraping the tip of the iceberg of Grace and Grace being enough.  Anytime Grace has been announced in song, sermon, or conversation, I automatically receive the ultimate image of unmerited favor in my mind - Christ's sacrifice for me on The Cross.  However, what I am learning is - what my Lord did for me at Calvary was Grace shown and poured out for me above-and-beyond just my salvation!

I am learning that His Grace, my undeserved favor, reaches into every aspect of my life.  There is a verse that ministers to me in this vein and is one of my favorites.  Consider Hebrews 4:15-16 -
  • "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin.  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
It is so comforting to know - God Himself has been there, done that, and owns the t-shirt printing shop.  He wouldn't be much of a god if He didn't know our troubles and trials personally.  But I am learning this - that He is much more than just my Savior.  He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere.  And no-matter how my personal life may look or the world affairs at the time, I have got to believe God is Sovereign.  If God is not in control then there is no God.  Here is where two other verses come to mind.  
  • "And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered." - Mathew 10:30
  • "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny ? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father." - Matthew 10:29
It is me not entrusting the rest of my life to His plan that is holding even more of His favor back.  If I can whole-heartedly believe that Jesus has got my salvation covered, why is that I struggle to remind myself His Grace is enough for so much more in my life?  God has got to get bigger in my spiritual vision because He is always going to be bigger than I can ever imagine.  I guess that comes with traveling the journey and experiencing His Grace.  And I thank God that I am on that journey of knowing and experiencing His Grace!   

There are so many people out there that have rejected this Amazing Grace.  I know I should not give-up on those individuals because Christ did not give-up on me. I challenge you, if you are in the fold of the Great Shepherd, also not to give-up on those who have rejected His Grace!  However, there are those out there that have not even heard about Grace personified - His Majesty, His Grace - Jesus Christ.  And I pray that the Holy Spirit gives me opportunities to not only share my salvation story with them, but also brag on the awesome things God is doing in my life!

Just as God promised Abraham descendants more numerous than the sand on the seashore or the stars in the sky, so I personally believe that analogy could be applied to the Grace God desires to shower me with because I am His kid and He is my Father - Full of Grace.