All is Grace

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”
(1 Corinthians 15:10)

All outward things, unless he work in them and by them, are in vain. 
- John Wesley

Milton Jones said that, “If being a Christian is just about trying to be like Jesus on your own, you might as well be an Elvis impersonator!”

The greater perfection a soul aspires after, the more dependent it is upon divine grace. Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). Being “poor in spirit” describes a state of humility where we realise that everything comes to us simply as a gift of grace. As Bill Johnson says, “Nothing is deserved, even on my best day. Even some outrageous display of faith – even that was a gift from God.”

Reflect on this meditation on grace…

  • ·      Grace is getting what you don’t deserve
  • ·      Grace is giving what isn’t deserved
  • ·      Grace is the gift of life
  • ·      Grace is that everything good is a gift from God
  • ·      Grace is that every breath breathed is a gift
  • ·      Grace is that we are His creation and we are not our own
  • ·      Grace is that we are made for His glory
  • ·    Grace is unconditional love – a love that is constant whether we are sinning or doing good works
  • ·      Grace is that there is nothing I can do to make God love me more and nothing I can do to make Him love me less
  • ·      Grace is everlasting mercy and forgiveness
  • ·      Grace is that everything good is from God who reigns
  • ·      Grace covers sin and overlooks offence
  • ·    Grace is that He did it all to redeem us and continues to do it all; without Him we can do nothing of any eternal value
  • ·      Grace is God as a man, executed naked on a tree by His creation in order to redeem us

This article is an extract from 

God Hunger: Meditations from a life of longing


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