Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Walk reflection, August 26, 2014

Before you get all haughty on a soul...

We ought to want in the minimum for others what grace we have received from God. Think about that... 

A believer was born dead in their sins and trespasses, but through Jesus, they are made alive.
A believer was bound for hell, but through Jesus, they are bound for heaven. 
A believer was in darkness, but Jesus, who is the Light, came to them, not they to He. 
A believer was cut off from God, but through Jesus, they have fellowship with the Father. 
A believer was an enemy of God, but through Jesus, they become children of God. 
A believer was bound to sin, but through Jesus, they are set free.
A believer was a slave to Satan, but through Jesus, they are servants of righteousness. 
A believer had no hope after life, but through Jesus, hope springs eternal, and heaven awaits! 
A believer only produced fruits of the flesh, but through Jesus, they can produce fruit of the Spirit. 

There are more privileges and realities...much more! 

Perhaps the sweetest of all, a believer had not fellowship with the Father, but through Jesus, they are given intimate connection with the One True and Living God! 

Sometimes we seem to forget what we've been granted in Jesus. Sometimes we forget to want for others what we've been graciously granted through the Christ. 

We need to remember... 

"...remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world." (Ephesians 2:12 ESV)

Remember, there was a time when you were not experiencing the grace of God. Remember that!

God is good! He's been good to me and He's been good to you. We are wise to remember how good the Good Shepherd has been to His sheep when we deal with each other.

Grace was in God's hands to offer. The very nature of grace is granting the good one does not deserve instead of the judgment they do deserve. God's grace is so amazing because His justice is so deserved. ALL we like sheep have gone astray. The wages of sin is death. We deserve the result of our sin and judgment for our sin, too. But, ah! grace!

How can we say we know grace and know how precious it is, but not desire to offer what grace is in our hands to others? I say we must either not understand the grace we've received, or we've never received grace from God.

Don't be haughty. Want for others what you have received. Want people to know Jesus. Want them to experience fellowship with God. Want them to know forgiveness. Want them to know new life. Want them to have peace and purpose and power in their lives.

Want for others the grace you've received so badly that you offer what grace you have in your hands AND preach that grace God has in His. Preach Jesus. Proclaim Jesus! Get at it! Be the witness God saved you to be!

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