“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”Hebrews4:16
A person who embraces grace with both arms, who stops fretting over their sin and begins focusing on their savior, who dries their tears so they see others who are hurting--- this is some kind of person.
God can use us wherever we are. Brand-new believer, teenage dynamo, thirty-something parent, recommitted midlifer, silver-haired saint. Whoever, wherever, God has plans for us.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
The only time a grace-filled person feels completely at peace is when they are being used by God for His glory. When we keep pouring His Word into our hearts, reading it on our own, hearing it taught, studying it with friends, that truth will begin spilling out. Thirsty people will be drawn to us, holding out their cups.
“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” Revelation 22:17
This is what I have been teaching to my students at Christ for the Nations this year. God wants to use us all, but for that to happen we must be certain we keep ourselves filled up and walking in grace, in order for people to be drawn to the life-giving grace that is in us.
The folks on the sidelines feel obligated to point out our lack of qualifications—we don’t know enough, aren’t perfect enough, or haven’t been believers long enough—we can gently remind them that God has His own agenda and His own timetable.
Whatever experiences reside in our past or present, God can use them to mold a brighter future for others. You are more than enough. You have more than enough grace.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
Not less than but more than, because of God’s love. Go and share His grace.