Have you ever been given a gift and just not used it for whatever reason? Maybe it’s not really something you’d ever thought you needed, or maybe it was something you’ve wanted for a long time but you didn’t want anything to happen to it so you put it in a glass case so nothing would happen to it. Maybe keep it for sentimental reasons. Or do you ever buy something only to bring it home and not use it?
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s WOW-Weapons of Warfare and Words of Wisdom. So I have to tell on myself. I can’t count the number of times I’ve bought something and not used it, for example, a pretty candle. I didn’t want it to burn away so I wouldn’t light it. 😊
A few days ago, my husband and I were listening to Tony Evans’ message about the Lamb of God and he went in depth about some theological words and their definitions and thereafter tied it all up with an analogy that illuminates light on the questions I asked in the beginning, what do you do with the gift that’s been given.?
I’ll paraphrase his analogy and add my own interpretation: Imagine I buy you a brand new car – he said, now it’s not gonna happen but let’s just pretend 😊 😊 -- and you take that brand new car that’s been paid for, taxes, title, and a tank of gas too, and you park it in your garage. Every day you come out and look at that shiny new car and you get in your not-so-new car that you’re still making payments on and you go about your day.
What’s wrong with this picture? Why aren’t you driving that paid-in-full car that you didn’t have to do anything for?
So it is with the gift of grace…we need to be living like we’re forgiven…and forgiving. See, when we truly accept the gift of grace in our hearts and not just into our minds, we should walk through a trial like we’re already triumphant; we should let go of our guilt and shame from one hand and grab grace with the other and live like we’re forgiven, justified, paid for, satisfied.
Why is that such a struggle? Perhaps like that gift we were given that we haven’t used, or that candle that we bought but wouldn’t light, we put grace on the shelf and don’t let it light us up inside. Maybe we need to let go of the something we’re hanging on to with one hand and reach out and grab that grace and put it inside and drive that car…live like we’re forgiven for grace is the gift that keeps on giving as long as we’re living.
Coffee Hour friend, is there anything holding you back from living like you own that car? Living life victoriously? Let His grace seep into your soul, plant in your heart and bloom in your life.
Ephesians 2:8 says for it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith; this is not of yourselves; this is the gift of God. May you carry His grace within you and walk in it as easily as you would drive that car!