Graceful

Tuesday

“It was God giving me the work to do and God giving me the energy to do it.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:10-11‬ ‭MSG

It is a defining moment when you realize that the work of God doesn’t depend on you but on Him. It is HIS WORK. But you and I get to join in on it.

We get to be a part of the divine work of God on this earth when we love others.

When we honor them.

When we leave the judgment to God and extend grace where needed.

When we listen to the cry of the hurting and reach out to those who feel abandoned.

It’s our job to love them and God’s job to heal them.

And all of it is because of God’s unending grace.

We don’t have to figure out how God’s grace works, we just have to extend it lavishly on a hurting and broken world. 

Stay Salty

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“You are the salt of the earth.”
Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭13‬ NIV

Salt has been used as valuable currency, it is a precious food preservative and it is an additive that enhances flavor.

Wherever God has placed you, whoever He has surrounded you with, whatever job He has given you to do, He has you there for a purpose and it is not as complicated as you think it is.

You are there to add value. That alone is a gift that so many people are craving- simply the recognition that they are valued and they are valuable to God– so valuable that Jesus paid the ultimate price to love them.

You are there to be a precious preservative to the world you live in and in the work you do. Preserve respect, show dignity and honor those around you.

You are there to enhance the essence of who God has created them to be. When you celebrate what God has put in them, you liberate them to see it as well.

May God shake you up and pour you out for someone who desperately needs to know that they are precious and valuable to God. May you bring honor with you and enhance every relationship you engage in today. 

Stay salty.

Salty

“You are the salt of the earth.
Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭13‬ NIV

Salt has been used as valuable curency, it is a precoius food preservative and it is an additive that enhances flavor.

Wherever God has placed you, whoever he has surrounded you with, whatever job he has given you to do, he has you there for a purpose and it is not as complicated as you think it is.

You are there to add value. That alone is a gift that so many people are craving- simply the recognition that they are valued and they are valuable to God– so valuable that Jesus paid the ultimate price to love them.

You are there to be a precious preservative to the world you live in and in the work you do. Perserve respect, show dignity and honor those around you.

You are there to enhance the essense of who God has created them to be. When you celebrate what God has put in them, you liberate them to see it as well. 

May God shake you up and pour you out for someone who desperately needs to know that they are precious and valuable to God. May you bring honor with you and enhance every relationship you engage in today. 

Stay salty.

Crowned

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“You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.”
(‭Psalm‬ ‭8‬:‭5 NIV)

All mankind chases after that which is has been lost. The void of God’s bestowed glory and endowed honor to mankind causes all to chase the shadow of what once was to be ours.

It was given by grace -Adam and Eve did nothing to deserve it. It was lost when they exchanged the truth for a lie. Honor usurped by shame and a knowledge of glory replaced by the fear of nakedness.

We know it still: imbedded shame instead of endowed honor, naked insecurity instead of received glory.

We run from it but get nowhere.

We run from shame and insecurity and try, try, try to find and possess honor and glory. We try man’s version- fame, validation, identity, self esteem. We cover up our naked awareness of not being enough with continual pursuit of achievement in art, career, relationships.

We crave honor and demand it from each other: respect me, love me, tell me that I am special, look what I can do, see what I have done, recognize who I am- a mother, a father, a spouse, a girlfriend, a boyfriend, a son, a daughter.

We know the emptiness of the pursuit. Temporary satisfaction only leads to empty depression when you’ve done all you can and still feel ashamed and insecure. Hopelessness runs rampant as the undercurrent of our lives and we settle into believing this is a a good as it gets.

But it is NOT.

Christ has redeemed that which was lost.

He made himself a little lower than the angles so he could become the sacrifice the black hole of sin required.

He consumed the hopelessness, shame, insecurity, the relentless fruitless pursuit of self satisfaction along with evil released through it when He laid himself down on wood planks of the cross. He bore its weight and allowed the torment of it to ravage him until he cried out, “My God, my God- why have your forsaken me?”

He took it all.

He took our fallen identity and it’s
consequences so He could give us a new identity along with it’s consequences: the restoration of God’s glory and honor.

Any identity outside of Christ falls short. All attempts to create our own glory and honor only fuel the great emptiness inside us that consumes everything we throw at it like a black hole.

Are you in Christ? Have you been identified with his death as well as live in the light if his life?

Then you have been crowned.

You have been crowed with honor and glory. You already possess that which you seek. Shame has been replaced by honor, insecurity replaced by glory.

Past tense.

I know there are days we still believe the enemy’s the lie- that we have to earn it. Adam and Eve didn’t earn it, neither did you. It has been given to you by grace.

You do not earn it, you receive it.
You do not achieve it, you live it.
You do not need to search for it, you need to walk in it.

Your honor has been restored by Christ and your glory is to live the truth of it.

You are crowned.

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