This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace. -Colossians 1:6
This may come as a shock to many of you but I can be hard on myself at times. Okay, understatement of the year perhaps, but what can I say? Sometimes I like to pretend that I have life and faith all figured out…
Yes, I am hard on myself. I get mad when I stumble over the same things over and over again. I get mad when I don’t do the things I want to and say I will do, and when I do the things I swear I will never do again. I get frustrated with my inability to get my priorities in order, or even know what the order should be. I get frustrated when I waiver in my faith. I get frustrated by the feeling that I should be doing more, or doing something different, or for not believing that I am enough right now in this moment.
Exhausting isn’t it? I am exhausted by typing out my frustrations let alone living them. I know in my heart that I am too hard on myself, but there are many times when my thoughts and my emotions do not line up with what I know in my heart.
During the moments when I feel like I am still so far from being the Girl God created me to be, I think back to the girl I was before I knew Jesus. That girl was lost and hurting and full of pain and anger. That girl had habits more destructive than sugar. That girl had no hope and no future.
Then Jesus came into my life. He did as today’s verse says; He changed my life from the day I first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.
I may not have fully arrived as the Girl God created me to be, but I am closer to her than I am to the girl I was before I understood the truth of God’s grace. I now have hope and a future. I now have an excitement for tomorrow. I now have something to believe in. I now have Someone to bring my past pains and hurts to.
It’s so easy to forget how far we have come. I know not everyone has a dramatic story of change in their faith journey. Some of you have been raised in faith and stayed with it your entire lives. Others were not introduced to Jesus until they were older. Many, like me, grew up in a home of faith, but it didn’t become real and personal until later in life (after trying to do life your own way and failing).
Regardless of your faith journey, God’s grace is a life changer. When you compare God’s holiness and the standard that were established by His law, picture what your life would be like without it. I know I require even more grace than I am even aware of (and I am aware that I receive a lot 🙂
If you find yourself feeling like your life needs changing, rather than trying to come up with a perfect self-striving plan, I encourage you to focus on the truth of God’s wonderful grace. I know when I find myself focusing on my lack, my faults, and my shortcomings, it is because I have forgotten the truth of His grace. Returning to the Good News of God’s wonderful grace helps my thoughts and emotions line up with what I know to be true in my heart. Then we can get back to bearing fruit and sharing this wonderful grace with others!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your wonderful grace. Thank you for loving me each and every day right where I am at. Give me a fresh revelation and understanding of your grace that I may bear fruit and share the Good News with others. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Love, Grace, and Life Changing Fruit Bearing Days For Us All,