Have you Squandered God’s grace in your life?
Eph 2:8-10 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
On many occasions I have felt this fearful sense that I have wasted God’s grace in my life. For many of us, we spend far too many days worried about ourselves… what we want, what we need or what makes us happy (even about what doesn’t make us happy).
All of this time invested is of some earthly value, just as Paul explains in 1 Tim 4:8 regarding physical training (the same could be said for the pursuit of money and success). These things hold some value for this life, but the far greater investment of time and one’s life is our training in godliness (in being and becoming more like Jesus).
It is our great privilege and honor to pursue a higher calling… to not waste the grace that has been so lavishly poured out on our lives. To waste such grace is an offense to the gospel, to the death of Jesus.
2 Corinthians 6:1 As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.
The larger context of this passage (2Cor. 5:11 thru 6:2) is a reminder to all of us who have been transformed by God’s grace to share that story through our lives. As if God was making His appeal to others through us (our story). In the ways we respond to trails, loss, pain, failures and even through the joys of life. We are viewed by the God of the universe as His co-workers of grace. AMAZING!
SO, what has God purposed in you? What life experiences, trials, pains and joys have you lived for the purpose of some greater good? What story is God sharing in and through you these days for someone’s benefit?
These questions reminded me of a good friend who has turned her loss and need of God’s grace into an opportunity to love and care for others who have gone and will go through similar pain. After losing triplets (yes I said triplets), Sheri has used this terribly painful experience to help others like her who have lost babies and who are are still trying to get pregnant through IVF.
Sheri is an example of a woman of faith who has not squandered grace but who has turned her pain into healing and support. This doesn’t mean that life gets super easy or the loss is less painful. What it does mean is that people like Sheri who have allowed God to make His appeal of love and grace through sharing her story of pain have and will help countless others find God’s grace. Please visit and/or share her site with others you know who might be in need of God’s grace. You can find Sheri at… I’m Gonna Be a What?
It is in our stories of healing that people find healing and in our stories of lost hope found that brings freedom and hope to others.
Don’t squander or waste His Grace and your opportunity to be used!
I would love to hear from you. What’s your grace story and in what ways is God using you to share His love with others? Leave a comment below or visit the Your Story link to share your story confidentially.