Grace: Too Familiar?
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home. –John Newton, Amazing Grace
Those of us privileged to be a Christian for any length of time have probably heard a lot about grace. It’s divine, unmerited favor. It works within us to produce the life and power of Christ. It’s beautiful and amazing.
We can also take it for granted.
You get used to grace being there and working until you mistakenly start thinking you’re the one producing the results. It was your prayer, your standing, your worship, your gifts, your wisdom–that’s what got you to where you are. Won’t take long to come to a grinding halt though. You left something important behind.
Yesterday as I was praying, I found myself saying, “Grace is enabling the breakthrough.” It was one of those moments that sort of caught me off guard, but enlivened my spirit. I repeated it and felt God’s presence.
What hit me was that we are saved “by grace through faith,” that Jesus didn’t come because we deserved it. He didn’t die on a cross because we earned it. In fact, you never can earn it; you never can deserve it.
Whenever you have a breakthrough in your life, it’s grace. Believers who want to follow Jesus don’t get the option to do it their own way, pull themselves up by the bootstraps, or claim their victories. It’s His strength that sees us through. It’s His grace that brings the breakthrough we need.
The praying, the enduring, the declaring, the worshipping–it doesn’t produce our breakthrough. It puts us in position to receive His grace.
What are your thoughts?