by Susan Fox
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.