God at work

THEY ARE JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG

Sunday morning as I was walking through our church, I noticed three people praying together

Then several steps further I overheard a young woman discussing how she was encouraging a friend to become more rooted in her own church

Then a reality suddenly struck me

I was surrounded by graces of God

Not just the amazing graces of God toward me, but also the countless evidences of God’s active grace and works in the lives of his people!

My heart easily becomes mired in the discouragements of this world

A world that has turned itself upside down

The messy half-heartedness of many who claim to love Christ

Believers who are under immense burden

My own weaknesses which are ever on display

These realities seem to slap me in the face each day

Yet, these are not the greatest realities in this world or in my life!

God is ever sovereign over all things

Christ has already conquered sin, death and Satan

The Holy Spirit is actively preparing each believer to be glorious images of Jesus

Sometimes these realities are submerged under the flow of events and my own activities. So I must seek them out. Every believer is called to glorify God, which means we are responsible to look for and hold up the evidences of God’s glorious grace at work

The Holy Spirit not only freshly reminded me that he is abundantly at work; he also freshly convicted me that I need to live with greater awareness of his graces around me

God deserves that I do this

My soul needs me to do this

Gospel mission impels me to do this

As God’s people, may we look for and celebrate the graces of God in us and in each other. Although they may seem small and at times mundane – they are actually marvelous evidences of our God wonderfully at work

When we see an evidence of grace – exalt it in your heart and praise it with your lips

But don’t stop there; let’s get in the habit of identifying those evidences of grace to one another as a way of fulfilling 1 Thessalonians 5:11 which instructs us to “encourage one another and build one another up”

Let us exercise faith as we celebrate these evidences of God’s grace, for they are just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. For God is working at a level that will eternally display his transcendent standard of glory!

GOOD NEWS TO SHARE

I am always thrilled when people let me know how they are seeking to apply what we talk about in church. And when their comments include a report on the ways in which God is blessing that faithfulness . . . well, such encouraging news needs to be shared.

With that purpose in mind, here is a note I received from a leader of one of our women’s growth groups:

I wanted to let you know what a blessing it is to be part of a ladies growth group and encourage you in the work God is doing at mine.

We met today and as always my heart is overflowing with thankfulness to God after meeting with these ladies.  Together we are growing in our understanding of God’s word AND our love for one another.

Every couple months I ask someone to share their testimony of faith and today was one of those days.

We were blessed to hear how God saved not just one person, but eventually an entire family.  A family history of Godlessness and what appeared to be a destiny of future generations living in the same darkness.

BUT, our mighty God had a different plan, and only as our God can do, completely transformed lives and healed broken hearts.

We never got to discuss our study for the day, but instead we were bathed in Gospel truths and blessed beyond measure in hearing of our Great and Mighty God who saves and moves mountains.

Laurie Angerman

Often it seems as if nothing is happening for God in our lives. But Scripture and the gospel are emphatic in declaring that God is active. He is faithful and fruitful even as we are weak and inconsistent.

If we will keep ourselves in the middle of serving the gospel in the lives of believers and unbelievers around us, we will experience God at work.

A great way to begin is commitment to a small group. This not only gives you people to continually invest in; but like Laurie and her group, you also get to hear what God is doing in and through them.