Sunday, May 24, 2015

Four Eternal Images of Life-Abounding Grace

ATHIESTS and many others are cut off from a vitalising life truth:
Grace. One word. What a flourishing concept. An inexhaustible quality. The answer to every conflict. The word we have in assimilating a mystery.
Grace walks in simplicity.
Our postmodern existence pushes us irrepressibly into the realm of complexity — just to keep up. But grace is in simplicity. When we take the power upon us to simplify we overcome. Grace is the ever-present reminder. Simplicity is eternally on the horizon, and reachable. Simplicity has the majesty of wisdom about her. Every important thing is ordered. Every unimportant thing is relegated. It is such a pity that we place such a huge stock in unimportant things. We can do better. Walk in simplicity.
Grace turns away from all appearance of evil.
Holiness is such an ordination of the embodiment of grace we can hardly separate them. To be full of grace is to be one, and at the same time, with holiness. To be one with holiness is to be one with God. To act this way — without thought — is to be gifted in the heavens whilst here on earth. Grace in us teaches us to become acutely and viscerally aware of even the appearance of evil. Aversion is our implicit response.
Grace offers no deceits.
There are no lies in grace. Therefore, as we act gracefully we stop short of offering opinions and answers that have a surety about them that we cannot, and can never, fully know. When we know the truth about our inherent deceitfulness, we begin to understand that even as Christians we shoot ourselves in the foot many times. Silence is many times more appropriate than speaking. Listening is much more blessed than speaking.
Grace does all purely for God.
Grace has no motive for action or inaction other than to do the will of God. When we actually mean what we say — “Use my whole life, Lord, any way You want” — God will honour our prayer. Then grace becomes us if we are exigent. If it is impressed upon us we will do only what God wants us to do — what we want is no longer important. We trust God, wholeheartedly, to provide. And he does.
We are great in the greatness of God. And such a greatness should always be enough.
© 2015 Steve Wickham.

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