As you may or may not know I am joining Lisa over at Conforming to the Truth in reading 17 New Testament books of the bible in 17 weeks. She has done an awesome job at putting together this study and reading plan.
This week we read through Ephesians. Ephesians only has 6 chapters in it, we read through the book multiple times. Okay, we were supposed to read through the book multiple times. I felt like a failure, but life got the better of me this week. Sometimes we just have to restart our Bible Study, that is why Lisa gave us a grace day.
My coworker was out of the office due to circumstances outside of anybody but God's control. Praise God he did give me a helper. Monday when we found out about this my boss who was looking at hiring someone new, interviewed and offered the job to someone Monday and she started Wednesday. Thank you, God, and my newest coworker. God had started providing my needs before I even realized how bad I needed it.
So I worked what felt like around the clock, and due to stress and not eating well this week, my gallbladder has decided it wants to kill me. Sorry rabbit trail.
Okay, so in the reading and study plan Lisa put together, she gave us a memory verse and this week I needed it.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— Ephesians 2:8 NIV
See grace is given to us. If you continue by reading Ephesians 2:9 we get an even bigger glimpse of what this grace is all about.
not by works, so that no one can boast. - Ephesians 2:9 NIV
God has given us salvation through his grace only by faith, not by works, or what we can do. It is completely and wholly his gift to us. Why would he do this? Well. 1. He loves us, and 2. is found in Ephesians 2:9. So that no one can boast.
People are competitive. We seek to be the best, do the best, and we want to be known as the best. Who wants to go to heaven and hear about all this person did and that person did. If we were all given the same talents, that would stink, but we could at least compete. No, see God wants to offer us this gift freely, knowing there is nothing we can do to deserve it, or earn it. It isn't that kind of gift. Well is there ever a gift you should have to earn. No.
So here are 3 tips for living in God's grace.
1. Accept it.
Yes, it really is that simple. Accept that Jesus loves you so much, and he offers you salvation and freedom, and most of all grace for your failures.
2. Rest in it!
This week has been crazy for me. (my gallbladder hasn't killed me yet! see above.) If life becomes overwhelming rest in God's love and free gift. My salvation doesn't fall on if I read Ephesians multiple times this week. Or even if I was successful at memorizing that Bible verse. No, it is a free gift. So instead of becoming even more overwhelmed I can rest.
3. Share it!
Paul reminds us that we should boast in our weaknesses. So when we fail and God extends grace toward us, then we are more human, and our witness is can be strengthened. Because it isn't us who pulled through that weakness, no, it is God pulling us through. He is perfecting us.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. - 2 Corinthians 12:9
So my post for the past few weeks have been late, but I'm going to rest in what God is doing in my life and the love he is pouring out on me. Thank you, Jesus for your provision, and grace. Thank you for being with me when all I want to do is cry under my desk, thank you for giving me the power to continue moving forward each minute, hour and each day.
How do you allow Grace to overflow in your life when you fail?