The Gift that Keeps on Giving

I’ve written about what turned me to God before, but briefly here’s a recap.  When I was about fifteen or sixteen I had one of those electronic football games so popular in the early ‘80s.  It stopped working but I kept it because it was so cool.  One day while very bored I picked up the game, connected a battery and hopped it would work.  Before throwing the switch on the game I made God a deal, “If you make this work God, I’ll believe.”  I threw the switch and the game fired up like it was brand new and worked from that day forward.

It is a very dangerous theology to say that God makes deals.  That’s not what I’m saying here at all.  God knew I meant what I said from the bottom of my heart.  I firmly believe God put His hand on that game and made it work because He knew that would cement my faith in Him, His Son, and the Holy Spirit.  That faith has not failed to this day.  My faith has wavered, faltered, and been tested, but it has not failed.  I tell you the truth, that I am not the reason my faith hasn’t failed, God is.  He gave me a gift that day that I cannot adequately explain beyond the certitude that He is there and that He cares about me.  He cares about you too.

I’m not suggesting you put God to the test at all.  What I’m suggesting is that you start talking with Him and give Him the chance to direct you toward that same undeserved gift of faith He gave me. That’s what grace is; God giving us the gift of faith no matter what we think of ourselves.

One of the aspects of Grace is joy.  Others aspects are affection, delight, pleasure, sweetness, and loveliness.  All these things abound within the grace God grants through faith in Jesus Christ.  Stop holding yourself back from the release that is embracing the Grace of God the Father.  You can do that just as I did, though your path to faith will walk a different direction I suspect.  But keep something in mind as you contemplate your current faith or embracing the idea of faith.

God doesn’t need us at all.  He doesn’t need us to do anything.  God wants us involved like a parent wants their child to be involved in the things they think are good, right, and proper (plus fun J ).  God wants us involved because He wants to be with us, and because He things You Are Worthy.

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (NASB)

Questions for Reflection

  • What’s holding you back from getting more involved in the Grace of God?
  • Are you directing you faith or are you letting God direct it?
  • Does the idea of a gift that is undeserved, the grace of God, cause you concern?  Why or why not?

You are not trash.  You are not wasted.  You are not broken.  You are loved.  You are pursued.  You are wanted, because God says You Are Worthy.

This devotion relates to the scripture used in the book You Are Worthy by Mark Malcolm, coming to Kindle soon.  To be kept up to date on the release of this, and other writings from The Cavalier, join us on Facebook HERE or follow us on Twitter @FirstChevalier.

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