Grace is “God’s empowerment to do what we are called to do.”
Last night, right before bed, I read a devotional by Banning Leibscher, and the quote above jumped on at me.
Grace. That not only are we its recipients but God takes it even further than only saving us. He empowers us to get everything done.
Grace is active, not solely moments in time, and as it flows, grace causes us to move and grow.
Part of that growth involves obedience. Not only to God but those He has placed over us.
For we never stay warm and dry if we toss off our covers when it gets cold and wet, do we?
Our love grows cold and our spirits soggy when we refuse to honor those He has put into place to cover over us.
But God isn’t looking for those who will just submit because they have to.
Grace draws us to do the right thing because we want to, out of honor and love.
It may shock you to know I haven’t always agreed with my mentors, counselors or pastors. A few times it wasn’t in my best interests to obey as I was being led.
But each and every time God’s grace flowed onto me and in those situations all the more because I chose to honor instead of rebel.
For God’s love put us ahead of His needs at the cross at great cost, because loving people, and maintaining relationship are Kingdom priorities. And the cross proved it.
Grace makes a place for you because He longs to see your face at the table.
If you too struggle to operate out of the grace place?
- Run to Him. “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
- Close your eyes and envision His face looking at you.
- See His smile when He catches sight of you.
- Watch His eyes grow full of tears of joy.
- Become filled with awe, wonder and renewed love as He pours His grace upon you for today.
- Stand firm in the knowledge you are loved and He makes you set for what is up ahead.
Beloved, don’t miss out on all He had for you because you can’t see the bigger picture of grace, and supernaturally offer it to one another even when it grates against your natural instincts.
Our responsibility is not to hinder grace, but allow it to pour over us, fill us and move through us into and onto those around us.
Grace is flowing down. Are you under the flow?Banning Leibscher