None of us really deserve the grace that God gives us do we? We can be hurtful people us humans, and we make so many mistakes. Yet as Christians, we can see renewal, offer grace to others just like God gives to us. Even though we sin every day…he still seeks us, and he still loves us UNCONDITIONALLY. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Ezek. 36:25-27 Ezekiel was a prophet and the Lord would speak through him to the people who were in exile in Babylonia. God gave these people the promise of what was to come. Something beautiful would come out of what was broken. God would breathe new life into them, even thought they didn’t deserve it.
If I can truly see that I am completely messed up and that God rescued and saved me from myself, and not because I did anything or deserved it, then there is a complete and utter freedom in my life to issue that same grace to every-body else. I am a rescued mess of a human, and so are you. And we will hurt each other sometimes because that is what jacked-up humans do.
So now that we are living the part where we have the Holy Spirit, we have God seeking us, wanting to use us every single day for his good to bring more people to him…are we living for him despite our faults? Despite imperfection? Or do we allow our insecurities to stop us from seeing and meeting the needs God has placed in front of us? We have dug into our darkest moments, and we have started to see our threads of passion. Are you prepared for the hardest part? I wasn’t…the hardest part is TIME. See, when we look at these passions and gifts God has given us, we want to change lives and change hearts right away dont we? But are you willing to be all in…even if it takes years…possibly decades? I’ll be really honest, I wasn’t you all. I thought that as soon as I started running after my passion, I would help people and I would feel good for doing God’s work. It’s the evil side of our society and the need for an instant response…the devil trying to creep in. We have to live in the moment, day by day–imperfectly for God. You will have good days, you will have bad days. But every single day we need to live without regret because we DID to the work surrendered for God. Let him use you. You may have suffered a bit…but one day…when you meet him…I promise it will be worth it. Use the gift of his grace, give it to others, live for him every day imperfectly.