Graces

CONNECTING GOD’S GRACES

Boy Playing in Rain

 

God gave me an unexpected grace.

While I was praying a few weeks ago, God began to unfold in my mind the best way to approach the sermon text for that Sunday. 

I had been struggling with how to best organize and present the truths contained in the passage. Some weeks this is especially difficult. I may have a few clear thoughts in my mind, but I don’t know how to bring them together in a cohesive message. Ideas bounce around in my brain and seem to willfully resist coming together.

When I realized God was graciously bringing the message together for me, I was obviously thankful to Him. I began to praise God for his goodness of stepping into my struggle and filling me with his thoughts. 

A few minutes later, it suddenly struck me, this thankfulness was not enough. I also had the responsibility of connecting this grace from God, to the other struggles of my life. This particular grace did not arrive in isolation, it was part of a ceaseless flow of mercy and goodness from my Heavenly Father.

The lesson here is not to compartmentalize God’s graces to us. Rather we should use a grace manifested in one area to encourage us where we are not seeing grace in another area.

God does not stop and start with his graces. They do not stall out. The opposite is true, they are part of the “living waters” which Jesus declared flow like a river through our lives!

If we are to honor God as he deserves, then we must accurately see that he is continuously and overwhelming gracious to us. God does not haphazardly drop random graces into our lives. In Christ, all of our moments take place within a flow of grace, which runs from the cross into eternity.

 

Image by © Ed Bock/CORBIS

I LOVE GOING TO CHURCH

My Dad and older siblings at my first church home in Jackson Twp, NJ

I love going to church

I always have

It all started when I was 9 days old. My mom played the piano for our small church which had no nursery. So she slid me underneath in a basket (Moses style), and I have been in church ever since.

I really am excited when I arrive each week

Showing up at church is not the same as arriving at any other event. This is a gathering of those:

Jesus has saved,

the Father has adopted,

and the Holy Spirit has entered

We are meant to find blessing and be a blessing on every ordinary  Sunday.

We are to arrive with joyful expectation that God will be at work in ways that only God can work.

For these reasons, I enjoyed this little article by Trevin Wax, entitled “The Wonder of Sunday Morning”.

As you read it, be encouraged by the simply – yet significant graces of God that are taking place every time we come to church.