July 9, 2017
pc: Rebekah Rice
I constantly find myself writing my weaknesses down whether its on here or in my journal. Not because I like to share them per say, but because I feel like through my weaknesses God teaches me so much and I find what God does through people worth sharing.
It’s through my weaknesses I learn and grow the most. It’s through my weaknesses God has taught me to accept the messy flawed person I am and to try my best to live for Him. I don’t write them for sympathy in any way, but for others to be able to relate and perhaps be encouraged.
Being a Christian doesn’t automatically make you perfect, trust me, there is a lot of learning, growing, stretching, and molding along the wonderful journey. We are just imperfect humans trying to serve a perfect God and thankfully by His grace it’s possible.
He has deeply planted this verse in my heart about a month ago and I’ve found myself going back to it again and again. It’s been continually on my heart and has reminded me that I am who I am, only because of His grace. It’s been a comfort and quite humbling to know that through Christ I am enough, to know that any good in me is only because of what He has done through me.
1 Corinthians 15:10 (KJV)
But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
I couldn’t even begin to imagine where I or my life would be without God’s grace, but if I could I would imagine myself as a wandering lost child.
Seeking something, but not really knowing what. Just a wanderer, desperately seeking and searching, for something – anything – to fill that empty void.
Not being able to pinpoint exactly what was missing in my very life, but knowing that something was indeed missing.
Having an empty place in my hopeless heart. A hopeless heart that only ever contained loneliness, pain, suffering, grief, and sometimes joy, but never long-lasting joy. No lasting peace, nor any fulfillment.
Just a lost wandering child, looking for a place to belong. A place to know exactly what my purpose and mission for life was.
And if you think about it there are people who are sadly, but truly going through life just like that. They don’t know their purpose. They don’t know their mission. They’re just hopelessly wandering lost souls.
I was saved at a young age and have heard the story of His love for us my whole entire life, so to imagine what it would be like to not have even heard about it or have it in my life is completely heartbreaking and somehow that very thought works a way up into my heart and brings overflowing tears to the rim of my eyes and down my cheeks, because the reality is, there are so many who don’t know the story of His amazing grace.
It’s sad to think that I couldn’t even begin to imagine my life without God’s grace and there are people who have never even heard of it.
It’s sad to think that we take knowing and being able to have a personal relationship with God for granted at times when others haven’t even heard of His precious love.
Making His name, unfailing love, and abundant grace known is our mission, purpose, and should be our ultimate passion.
Just maybe we need to try a little harder to make His name known and this world could be quite a different place. A place where other’s know of His love and saving grace.
Just maybe instead of judging we could share His love.
Just maybe instead of being self-centered, we could care about other people’s souls and where they are going to spend eternity.
Just maybe we should share the story of His grace a little bit more each and every day.
I, out of anybody, most likely need this reminder the most, but I’m sharing because a good reminder is important in every Christians life every now and then.
Life is short and there really is lost wandering children in need of knowing their heavenly Father and how little priority or importance we can sometimes put that into is extremely saddening.
Our mission: make His name known.
It seems like such a simple mission, yet we let fear, discouragement, bitterness, pride, and selfishness take over. We let the importance of it dwindle away like we don’t have an incredible truth at the tips of our tongue to share, when we really should.
I often find the reason I mostly fail at making His name known is because of fear. A weakness of mine, that Satan often throws in my face. It creeps up into my heart and fill’s it with timidity, it grabs a hold of me, it seal’s my mouth shut, and it blind’s my eyes with fear and selfishness, but I’ve found if I ask God to fill me with His courage, a lot more of His kingdom work gets done.
So don’t let fear, discouragement, bitterness, pride, selfishness or anything else hinder God’s work through you. Because making His name known should strongly over power all of our weaknesses and the very importance of it should as well.
“Give God your weakness and He’ll give you His strength” -unknown
It’s only by His grace, that we are called worthy.
It’s only by His grace, that we have the honor of being used by Him.
It’s only by His grace, that we are where we are today.
It’s all only by His unfailing, incredible grace that we are who we are, so don’t let pride take you over when the only good in you and I is what Christ has done in and through us.
It’s all only because of His grace. Let’s not it for granted, but instead allow Him to use it to work through us.
2 Corinthians. 12:19 (KJV)
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.