Today I made a fresh new God discovery.
It was eye-opening.
This discovering God and grace and me.
As I was reading the book of Romans from the Bible, this passage jumped off the page at me…
Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important
that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God.
No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves
is by what God is and by what he does for us,
not by what we are and what we do for him.
Romans 12:3 The Message
So many things came rushing into my mind.
One… we all live in grace. Pure grace.
Two… this grace doesn’t have anything to do with what you or I do.
Three… Navel gazing won’t help us discover who we are. Self-discovery is a lost cause.
Four… Discovering who God is and all His attributes is the key to a fulfilled life.
Five… God is continuously doing for us.
Six… What we do for God does not define us. We are human beings… not doings.
We sure try to complicate things don’t we?
God’s ways are simple… yet incredibly powerful.
As I re-read the passage this portion grabbed me…
God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves
is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.
God brings it all to you.
That is loaded.
If YOU think you’ve been doing all the work…. just get off that high horse of yours right now! (Important message to self… shared here… just in case you need that reminder, too.)
I know, I mentioned this before, but why do we get ourselves in this place where we think we’re serving God? Goodness… God must be doing some major eye-rolling.
I’ve had a stressful week. There was lots of good. Very good. And then there was the not-so-good. It’s an emotional roller coaster for this not-so-emotional me. That meant I was leaning on Him. Hard.
God asks us to do some hard things. Daily.
And.. daily He brings good things into our lives.
But…. we take the good things for granted.
Sometimes the good things are too every day and common to even recognize.
We want pie in the sky when we’re given time with special people and farmers’ markets and fresh picked cherries.
We want pie in the sky when we’re given something sweeter and more delicious.
And God says… Grace.
Grace comes in abundance.
Do you see it? Or are you like me… fixated on something else?
So whatever does this phrase… God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him …have to do with anything?
God gives all of Himself to us every day. He doesn’t withhold any of His goodness, grace, or presence. He is all in and all here… all the time. He brings it all to you.
Me (and maybe you) on the other hand…
We don’t receive His ALL with open hands. Instead… we get up on our high horses and run around doing things and thinking and believing and telling others that whatever it is we’re doing… we’re serving God with/by/through our actions. It’s so altruistic. We’re such good people. So godly.
I’m not suggesting that our acts of service aren’t good. I’m suggesting that we’ve got a big head game going and it’s wrong. Plain wrong.
Somehow we think that by doing all this stuff to “serve” God we are being good for God. I venture to guess that you might even be thinking that you are garnering some of God’s approval by what you do. Yes?
The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is
and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.
So instead… let’s discover God.
We think we know God… but seriously… we haven’t a clue.
There is so much to God that we don’t even have a pin prick of an idea of who He is.
That means we’ve just begun our discovery process.
Let’s look for scriptures that tells us who God is….
And then let’s get to know those characteristics of God.
Look at what He does for you each day.
Let’s count our blessings, let’s look for those God moments in the day and celebrate them, let’s consider the “coincidences,” let’s live with the heightened sense of what God is doing and displaying around us…
Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes –
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Let’s see who we are in Him…
The only accurate way to understand ourselves
is by what God is and by what he does for us,
In the midst of discovering God… we need to have our eyes wide open to the things He’s doing for us and pay attention to just what He’s doing. Those places where God is working and doing in our lives will tell us more about Him and ourselves.
And then… then we will start to see more clearly…
When we get an even clearer picture of God… who we are in Him… and discover His grace in a richer fuller way, we will start to see that every good thing in our lives has absolutely nothing to do with us.
We will start to see more clearly that God is abundant, lavish, and generous beyond measure in His love, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, and more poured into our lives.
So what is God doing in your life?
I’m so glad you’re here to join me for JoyDay! There isn’t anything better than each of us sharing the good things God has done in our lives this week. Both in the happy and the challenges.
Will you join with me in counting ‘seven’ from the past week?
Thank you God for…
- loving me and caring about every intimate detail of my life.
- the beauty of your nature and how it restores my soul.
- loving friends and family.
- cherries and farmers’ markets.
- your promises that never fail.
- knowing you are working things out for me, right now, even when I cannot see.
- new and fresh goodness I can’t wait to see.
Now it’s your turn!
Please join me by tapping in your ‘seven’ in the ‘share your extraordinary thoughts’ section below. I dare you!
Thank you for stopping by and taking time to leave your sweet thoughts.
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