The more I read the bible, the more I am convinced that God truly is for us. He really does want the best for us and He does not leave us to walk this Christian life on our own. For everything He requires of us, there is a grace that He gives us to do it:
He tells us to do His will, yet He says He will put the desire in our hearts to do His will (Philippians 2:13).
He tells us to go out and preach the gospel but assures us that the Holy Spirit who will give us the words we need to speak (Luke 12:11).
He tells us to live a righteous life, then He gives us His Robe of Righteousness (Isaiah 61:10).
He tells us to stand and He will keep us from falling (Jude 1:24).
In my Christian walk, I have found myself at times walking away from His grace. Not in the area of salvation, but in other areas of my life. For example, I’d say “Okay, I’m going to try really hard and minister to everyone I meet, be the best at my job and try to do everything perfectly.” However, God has never called us to put on a show for others, but to let His grace flow naturally through our lives.
Focusing on works is never the answer to doing good works, for example, in ministry or even in doing your job. There is a better way.
God has shown me that the better way is getting to know Him. Not in worrying about everyone in the world and what they are thinking, or in struggling to make things work. However, it is in drawing closer to Him, and in worshiping Him daily. That’s when we will find His grace overtaking and flowing through our lives.
There is also a lot of freedom in living a life that is by grace. You can be yourself and not be concerned or worried every second of the day. You can have peace.
Don’t let your Christian life be a life of abuse and torment. You can truly have a life that is by grace where strength and peace, love and affirmation flow freely in you because your affections are set on Him. Only then can we really change the world, because we would be calling them into what we have. This is also what they need. It is a relationship of love with your Heavenly Father and a life of grace.
Without grace, there is competition, division and jealousies. This is why God has said that we all have an office which is according to GRACE. You have a special calling on your life because you were made by God, all according to His grace. You have the ability to live righteous naturally, because of God’s grace. You don’t have to stress out to be perfect at your job or struggle to be perfect in ministry because God is in you.
From the time your audience becomes this world and the people around you, you will be overwhelmed, confused and anxious. So friends, apply God’s grace to every area of your life.
Apply it to your family, to your speech, to your job and to your ministry. Then the glory will truly be God’s for the work He is doing through you, and your joy will be complete in Him.
Image Credit: shutterstock//Paul Looyen