The Means of Grace
Below is one of my assigned session reviews that I wanted to share with you. I was encouraging and challenged by this message. Thinking of all of you I decided to write it in such a way to that it could possibly be a blessing to you as well. Thanks for being part of my wonderful Body of Christ that I have the blessing of knowing and loving. I am praying for you.
The Means of Grace
Many times, we want God to do something big and grand without us having to do anything to meet the needs in our lives as we obey Him. Yet often He uses the humble things, the weak things, and always something that He has already prepared to meet our need. He knows what we have need of before we ask but we still need to ask. In our asking we should ask for wisdom to know what means He has provided. God methods are unpredictable but His nature is always the same, never changing. As different needs, trials, and hardships arrive in our lives we can be confident that God is the Provider, He will Provide and He has already Provided.
I am blown away as I consider the idea of God choosing to use means to accomplish His purposes. Just think of all the stories and the objects and people He uses, things like a manger, a rod, a bush, wind, spit and dirt, a stone, fish and loaves, a cross, etc. But most astonishing of all is He chooses to use humans. How humble is our God; He could accomplish anything by just speaking, yet throughout history that has not been how He has done things. Weak as we are He has commanded us to be a part of the greatest task in history, sharing Him with a dying world. If you know Jesus, believing that He died for your sin and rose again, then if you have also repented, turning away from sin, then the Spirit of God dwells in you. This Spirit gives each believer the power to live a life free from sin.
This Spirit gives us the ability to know God and do what He is asking us each day to accomplish great things for Him no matter how small they seem to us each task done in obedience is part of His bigger plan. When He chooses to use small things, humble things who are we to question? I for one am thankful that I serve a humble yet all powerful God who uses all things for the good of those who He has called His Children, making us more like Christ.
“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? …Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, …Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
(1 Corinthians 1:18-31)