(This weeks devotionals are from the message “Making space for grace” by Pastor Travis Warren)
Connecting People to L.I.F.E.
You are a part of a church that is not an institution but a movement of bringing LIFE to all! After today’s message you cant sit back and enjoy the show. We’ve got to take LIFE to everyone we know.
We’ve been talking about the Gospel. The Kingdom, the cross and today we need to make space for grace. WE are to take people the kingdom of god, through the cross of God by the grace of God.
Eph 2: 8-10 NLT
8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Luke 15: 11-12 NLT
11 to illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. 12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die. So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.
The Church I grew up in from an early age was extremely strict. I mean like King James Version only, turn or burn, don’t get up to go to the bathroom during the service, 3-hour service strict. There was no room for grace in our little church on avenue D in Snohomish, so as a result I grew up as a person with high moral standards, little room for grace and tremendous fear. It was so bad that in 5th grade when the 6th grade love of my life asked me out I told her I could not date her because if Jesus returned I believed I would go to hell. Needless to say I ruined all chances with her with that sentence. I’m not sure why I even had a chance in the first place because she was a 6 foot tall 6th grader and I was a barely 4 foot tall 5th grader, but she wanted me and I removed all feelings she might have had with the whole return of the lord thing.
Marriage and grace
As I grew up I stayed away from many of the traps my peers fell into because of fear and my moralism, but then I got married. And I discovered that marriage takes an abundant amount of grace. There is no way a marriage can survive unless there is grace. I discovered quickly that it is not easy living with another person and my wife wasn’t the problem. My wife is absolutely wonderful to live with. She walks into the room and it is a little brighter and way more beautiful, I on the other have something wrong with me.
Every morning I get up, make a cup of coffee and every morning I manage to spill cream and sugar and I don’t know why but for some reason I’ll see the stuff on the counter, look over to the sponge that’s dried out and decide it’s too difficult to wet the sponge and clean it up or that somehow today will be different and Gia will not notice that 1500th straight day of our marriage I made a mess when I made my coffee, so I go sit down, pull up my favorite news website and enjoy my meal. Then she walks down the stairs, brightens the room, the beauty level is elevated, she walks over to the counter and says, babe? I look up, she looks down at the mess and LOOKS back at me. I know I’ve been caught, but I still try and play innocent, ya? Here’s where it gets fun, some days, she’ll clear her throat, signifying I know, other days, she’ll come out and tell me, other days she’ll say you know what. For the 1st three years of our marriage I’d look at her, try to disarm her with my charming smile and with a mouth full of captain crunch say, Grace?
Now I just blame it on our daughter Eden, cause who can get upset with a 2 year old for taking the initiative to get themselves a cup of coffee and making a small mess.
What are we without Grace?
Before I was married, I had no room and in my belief no need for grace, but when I got married I realized that I had to make space for grace and I am thankful I married the most gracious women because I look in the mirror at myself and say I’m so frustrated with you. I can never be perfect. I can never do everything my wife asks me or anyone else for that matter and therefore I need to make space for grace.
The same is true for you, you will never measure up to God’s holy standard, so you need grace to make up the difference and give you the power to overcome your weaknesses!
How about you?
Are you making space for grace?
How are you showing grace to others?
What areas are you in need of grace? for others? for yourself?