Grace For The Journey
To those who are regular readers of my blog, the title of today’s article probably has you scratching your head. I make no apology in talking much about, and making much of. God’s wonderful, marvelous grace. After all, the Christian life is all about grace: we are saved by grace; we are strengthened by grace; we are able to serve through grace; and we are to stand in grace. But we are not to glory in grace. As a matter of fact, it should be a strange thing to see a Christian glory in grace. But as strange as this idea might seem, it is all too common in the church today. How easily we lose sight of the grace Giver and focus only on what He has graciously given!
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:12, “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”
Countless Christians have lost their way by disconnecting themselves from the Way.
They glory in the grace given rather than glorifying the One who has bestowed it. They glory in their great faith; they glory in their growing commitment to their calling; they glory in their generous portion and place in God’s kingdom. But they glory in the wrong things! Every grace is simply a gift from God, and if we are to glory in it at all, it must be focused on the One who has given the gift.
The Bible says in James 1:17, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights . . .”
And the Bible says in Romans 11:36, “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.”
You see, it is not the grace given that keeps us standing firm, but rather the Giver of the grace. The only thing keeping us from falling flat on our faces is Jesus’ faithfulness to us, not our faithfulness to Him.
The Christian must never glory in any grace given.
Our glory is to be in God alone
Because our strength is only found in our Savior alone.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 4:7, “What do you have that you did not receive?” How true that is. And, the more you have, the more you are indebted to the One who has given it.
We must fix our eyes on the Giver of the gift and never on the gift itself.
Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, (Hebrews 12:2) is the fount from which all our blessings flow, and we must continually drink from this fount if we are to grow in the grace we have been given.
Sip continually from the streams of strength that flow from your Savior and you will find yourself standing on a Rock that will not topple or tip you over.
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “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.”