This will be our last kingdom pondering for the year…I look forward to journeying these times of focused remembrance & intentional seeking with you in 2017.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
@ Ephesians 2:4-7 (ESV)
Undeserved favour…that’s what grace means.
Grace is the kind of favour extended to another that has not earned by merit of any kind. It’s the kind of favour that can only be birthed in the heart of God. It is the ultimate act of kindness.
Our text today is full of rich language expressing the nature of God. He is merciful. He has great love in His heart for us. He desires to make us alive and give us life. He rules by lifting us up so that we can be with Him. And He loves to pour out kindness by extending to us unlimited, unmerited favour in every area of life.
Paul is describing not only what God has done for us through Jesus’ death on a Roman cross, the greatest event in human history, but that that event is just the beginning and if you will, the baseline, for how He wants to relate to us every day.
They only way to experience this in our lives is through surrender.
To surrender every life event, every circumstance, every pain and doubt to God knowing that He is good and his desire for us is for us to know and experience the immeasurable riches of His grace through His kindness reaching into our lives.
This is what it means to live life with a heart posture of surrender before God. A posture of committed acceptance of and surrender to His grace in every moment, every circumstance and every challenge. It means an ongoing surrender.
We choose to live life with this posture of our heart, mind and will because of who God is. Because we can trust His kindness. We can trust His love. We can trust His grace, mercy and joy.
There are so many words that appropriately describe who God is. Most directly from Scripture. Some modern words that accurately reflect the language of Scripture yet are more familiar today. One word that I think encompasses so much of His nature, character and desire for us is simply this…Our God is good!
Choose today to enter the day looking for and embracing the kindness God wants to pour out to, in and through you, not because of anything you’ve done, but because of who He is.
Father, Your people sang a short song about You that we want to echo today; “You are good and Your love endures forever.” Would You overwhelm us with Your goodness today? In a world that is competing so much for our attention, help us to live life from a focus on You. Not that we don’t engage with the world around us but rather that we do engage knowing Your presence with us. That we would know peace, hope and joy, expecting to receive good things from a good God. The best of all being more of You.
Have an amazing rest of the week partnering with God as His Kingdom breaks through in your life and the in the people around you.
“In His Grip”