A Reminder


Good morning.

I wanted to remind you, this fine Friday, that you are saved by grace so that you can:

Love by grace,
Forgive by grace,
Grow by grace,
Give by grace,
Work by grace,
Eat by grace,

“And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭NIV‬

How easy it is to slip into the flesh work after we accept Christ’s gift of salvation. Sometimes it takes minutes not days.

We begin to start working on “being better” and “doing better”. We begin to work on being a good Christian. But it doesn’t work, does it?

“Self -improvement is no more God’s plan than self-salvation. God’s plan is not just for us to be saved by grace -it is for us to live by grace. God’s plan is for my daily life to be given, guided, guarded and energized by the grace of a God.”

– John Ortberg,
The Me I Want to Be, pg 39.

God hasn’t redeemed you so that you can be a “good Christian”, He has redeemed you to walk in the power and freedom that have been bought for you by the Cross.

He has opened wide the door for you to walk with Him every day and draw from His unquenchable source of love to pour into every area of your life.

Grace is more than a prayer to say before you eat, it is a lifestyle.

So, go ahead and LIVE it
and have a fantastic weekend.


In the artists hands, a piece of wood or many pieces of wood becomes a masterpiece. 

In the carpenters shop, wood is chosen. It is cleaned and prepared to be formed into artists desire and vision.

It is chosen then set aside.

It is cut then set aside.

It is pressed together with other pieces and then set aside.

It lays on the woodworkers table and waits. 

When it is ready, it is sanded down and set aside.

Meanwhile the master craftsman is working on other pieces as well. Forming them. Fitting them. Preparing them to be put together as a whole.

Parts are chiseled down with great skill until they are the perfect size, not too wide but also not too small as they must be strong enough to stand under great pressure. Then they are wrapped tight and set aside. 

The base is measured, planned and then cut. Then sanded, sealed and polished. 

Then set aside. 
When all the parts are ready, they are brought together. By force and pressure, they are joined by glue or secured into place by the hammer and nail. 

What has the creator brought together?

 Is the vision realized? 

Does it choose what it is formed into? 

Does it choose when it is done? 

Does it choose where it is placed? 

Does it choose when it is used? 
In the Master’s hands, simple wood is recreated into a masterpiece. Fine and beautiful, useful and functional. 
In the Master’s plan it is given for use.
By the Master’s hand it is created as a gift. 

By the Master’s desire it is used as needed. 

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”‭‭ Ephesians‬ ‭ 2:10 ‭NIV‬‬

You have been chosen and are being crafted in His masterpiece. No matter what stage of preparation you are at (and I feel like there are many seasons that we go back into the workshop) you can trust God that He knows what He is preparing you for and how to use you when it is time.