17.5.06

Condemned by grace - Jesus Army Life, Day 295

On Monday evening I had a good opportunity to thrash around the potential impact of God's grace on a person's life. Of course the grace of God frees us entirely to live for Him in a relationship of love and blessed opportunity which stretches into eternity, but, believe it or not, there's more to it than that.

Consider how God's grace, once accepted, entirely renews a person, but it doesn't just do that, it also marks him. I think that if we've truly received God's grace we can't stop Him working in us, bringing us round to His point of view, no matter how long it takes. Once we've tasted heaven we're spoilt for anything else. (Of course, we can resist and resist till the day we die, but that just leaves us apostate.)

As one of my friends heard God say recently:
"How dare you suggest my grace is not sufficient for you!"


And this also means we need to trust God's grace to be at work in other people, our brothers and sisters, who might not be progressing the way we want them to, but that doesn't matter, because our job is to love them and forgive them, and forgive, and forgive, and forgive. Grace, grace, grace, grace, grace. We have to remember that it is only when a disciple gives you permission that you can actually train them and expect them to follow your lead as you follow Jesus. It is the Holy Spirit who is the comforter, the 'paraklete' in Greek. If I remember rightly this word also means the one who encourages us or gives us a kick up the backside if necessary! No one can get away from the hound of heaven.

Grace also means that we have something to live up to. I learnt that church leaders are redundant if they don't lead their people into finding God's grace. Ultimately, they have no other spiritual purpose. God calls us to find Him and to find Him and to find Him. He gives us a particular job to get on with and we can play at anything else, but we won't find our spiritual life really moving until we join Him in the work he has called us to. We need our God, and if we walk along any other path than that which He has designed for us we find ourselves lost. Once again, it comes down to the fact that grace condemns us to a lifetime of following Jesus.

As a church we find that we continuously break into God's grace by the prophetic word spoken to us and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Spirit gives birth to spirit. We can sense God's grace coming, calling, leading, and we must champion it, communicate it to others, talk it up, pray it up, speak into it and act on it till we prepare our brethren for that move of God. God will continue to break our hearts until we do.