The Gift of God's Grace - Passed On By Our Active Faith - Friday, December 1st
So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” John 20:19-21
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
How we respond when things are not what we want them to be makes all the difference. God’s grace makes beautiful those things that are less than we think them to be. Jesus was sent by the Father to pour out grace and to establish us in it. As ones who are established in grace, Jesus sends us to extend grace. By walking in grace, the people, circumstances, and things of our lives are touched by grace. But we cannot walk in grace if we are not always being touched by grace. This requires an active faith that continually recognizes that apart from God’s grace we are helpless and will always be very much less than we ought to be otherwise. This recognition fosters absolute surrender and full dependence on God’s indwelling presence. How prone we are to walk by sight instead of by faith. Faith sees the potential for beauty in all things through the touch of God’s grace offered in His Son, Jesus Christ. What an opportunity we have this Christmas to bestow the gift of grace on everyone and everything around us.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I do recognize that apart from you and the touch of your grace I am helpless. I don’t want to settle for something less than living fully for you. I choose the path of surrender and dependence. Stretch my faith so that it is more alive and active than ever before. I choose to be gracious this Christmas and fully engaged in bringing your grace to others. Use my life to help someone embrace you as Savior and Lord this Christmas. Amen!
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Posted on Fri, December 1, 2017
by Ken Hart