Grace upon grace – 2015,07.09
From his fullness we have all received grace upon grace.
John 1, 16
This morning I get up and realized I’m in a bad mood. This does not work and that has gone wrong. And I have so much to do! No, I’m really morose, a grumbler …
As Jesus reminds me: What do I see? And how do I see it?
Yes, I see the need and the difficulties and the requirements and the problems and misery and so on. But I do not see Him, the Lord. Apologies, Jesus, I say, and I am beginning to remember all that he gave me is for good. He died for me, because he loves me so much. He bore the punishment for my sins. He has saved me and sacrificed for me before death. He has carried me until today. He saved me when the police caught me because I drove too fast. The hefty penalty I had to pay, but he has somehow made up for it. He carried me through illnesses. He took my sorrows. He has finished the torture of the enemy and set me free. Yes, there is so much of what he has done for me! Really, I received from him one grace after another.
It is not in the verse that we had taken, but "received". Actually, I take from His infinite fullness not especially much. But He shares with me one grace after another and I will receive it. He is active, I often passive. It’s like a warm spring rain full of blessings, in which I stand. What do I know, what is necessary for me? Once I earned quite well, more than we needed. But then the car broke down and I knew God had already made provision. So is His grace in everyday life and in the small matters. Yes, thisLord of love and grace I can trust myself and I start to praise him. Really, because of His grace I live! And I live well with it! Yes Lord, I want more of your grace!
So Jesus change my thinking and my perspective. It’s so much nicer if we are grateful and can praise God, rather then when we complained like an old grumbler and make our and other lives harder. Thank you, Jesus, for your grace!
Bible Reading Today: Luke 16, 14-31