You’re all that…but it’s not about you.

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10

You are His

Our God is a master craftsman. God did not mass-produce us from a creational assembly line. He created each one of us uniquely, lovingly, with a certain set of physical attributes, emotional characteristics, individual idiosyncrasies, specific talents and Spiritual gifts. As He grows us spiritually, He knows our temperament and what it takes to bring each of us, in different ways, deeper and closer to Himself.

O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand. Isaiah 64:8

We cannot mature on our own; no amount of independent effort or volunteer work or good deeds or trying harder will earn us points toward spiritual maturity. That only brings us emptiness and exhaustion. We must seek God’s kingdom, surrender to His work in us, and be a willing and faithful vessel. The irony is in giving up control, we receive complete freedom and fullness.

Transformation takes at least as much grace as salvation.” John Ortberg

Our spiritual fuel is not in earning or works or trying harder. Our fuel is in grace. And grace is expansive. Grace contains forgiveness. It includes peace beyond all understanding. It encompasses an unsurpassable love that reaches beyond east and west. It offers a river of living water to quench your previously unquenchable thirst.

Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” John 7:38

Give Light, Give Grace, Give Life

When your cup is full, when your cup spills over, you have plenty. You live from the perspective of abundance, not poverty. You live with open hands, not clenched fists. You willingly, joyfully give away.

You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14

There’s a song that’s been playing on Christian radio that has a very catchy tune. If you listen to the words, it has an extremely relevant message, especially in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, when our focus may be on things other than what the season really means.

Though it’s crazy, amazing
We can turn a heart with the words we say.
Mountains crumble with every syllable.
Hope can live or die
So speak Life

Look into the eyes of the brokenhearted;
Watch them come alive as soon as you speak hope,
You speak love, you speak…
You speak Life

Raise your thoughts a little higher,
Use your words to inspire,
Joy will fall like rain,
When you speak life with the things you say.*

During the rest of this year and into the next, take a little time to shine His light. Don’t rest in being a lukewarm, law-abiding Christian. Be open to the Holy Spirit. Let God take you deeper in His own way.

 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.” Revelation 3:15-17

Share the incredible grace and freedom you’ve been given. Let it pour out onto others. Anoint them with love and grace just as the woman at the well poured her faith onto her entire Samaritan village. Just as Mary poured out her jar of nard, letting it flow uninhibited onto Jesus. Let his living water flow from your heart. This is why he lived, died and conquered death.

This article can also be viewed on Mind’s Seat at http://marmarthunder.wordpress.com/

*Toby Mac, Speak Life, Eye On It

http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=0J91EMNU

Writer(s): James L. Moore
Copyright: Jamnu Publishing, Brentwood Benson Publ.

11 comments

  1. Happy New Year, Susan.

    Wonderful post. It takes an enlightened soul to realize and acknowledge that on our own we are nothing. We cannot accomplish anything on our own but by God’s grace. The best line for me is…”Don’t rest in being a lukewarm, law-abiding Christian. Be open to the Holy Spirit. Let God take you deeper in His own way.”

    If we remember that, “…it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” and “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”, we will resign ourselves to the will of God and follow his promptings.

    The Holy Spirit is proactive and will always put us steps ahead of any and ever situation in life, if we allow him to guide us.

    Happy New Year again, and may the grace and mercy of God always dwell and abide with you and yours, in all your undertakings.

    I nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award: http://dottaraphels.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/

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    1. Bless you, Dotta. You are such a special sister in Christ, and I appreciate your comments, love and support. Thank you so much. May the new year bring you blessings beyond measure.

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      1. Amen! Mat the year bring us all joy.

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  2. Beautiful dear Susan ~ good and wholesome uplifting write. 😀 Love the quote you used about transformation taking as much grace as salvation! Ain’t THAT the truth. Somewhat of a miracle too! (well in MY case for sure! )

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    1. 🙂 Yes, in all our cases. I’m praying that we as Christians understand Jesus died not just to save us individually and that was the end – it was just the beginning. Our job now is to be points of light for others. We forget about the Great Commission – it’s not about conversion but about salvation, grace and freedom – building the kingdom. So sad that many stop short and limit His mission without reaching up and out. It’s the most beautiful Gift of all.

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      1. 😉 Yeah ~ a conversation that can go on a while hey 😀
        YOU just have a smashing Christmas ma’am ~

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  3. Susan, this is a rather special post. There are a number of things that resonate deeply with me. I always speak to my school children about the uniqueness of each of us, how we are held in the Father’s hand before time began, created for a purpose. So true, I believe. The lukewarm always worries me because there are times I feel I am just that – neither hot nor cold. And yet, deep down, the truth was found long ago and still remains. Life itself seems to supplant intent. And then comes the most special. Nothing we do will change our salvation. It is already won. Relinquishing self is liberating and yet returned to us in measure to continue on the path. I love this post. Thank you. x

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    1. Wow, coming from you, this means so much. And you, my friend, are not lukewarm. There is passion in your words – your gift – and those words are seeds. We are doing what we can in the sowing…the harvesting is all up to the Farmer. Bless you.

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      1. Bless you too, Susan. I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas. x

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  4. “Transformation takes at least as much grace as salvation.”…I love this. While we are still but infants in the Word God’s grace covers us…as much for the wisest as for the least of these. Again, a wonderful post to read and fill my heart,…xo dale

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    1. 🙂 Thanks. Praying for tranquility for you, my friend.

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