Consuming Grace (11 January 2019)

Morning Encounter:


God was merciful! We were dead because of our sins, but God loved us so much that he made us alive with Christ, and God’s wonderful kindness is what saves you. God raised us from death to life with Christ Jesus, and he has given us a place beside Christ in heaven. God did this so that in the future world he could show how truly good and kind he is to us because of what Christ Jesus has done. You were saved by faith in God, who treats us much better than we deserve. This is God’s gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own.
(Ephesians 2. 4-8)


Everything is a gift: creation, our lives, other people, Jesus himself. Our life in Christ is no different. It’s by grace that we come to God, that we are forgiven, that we are reconciled to God, that we grow in prayer and service, that we are healed and restored. No wonder, as Richard Foster once said, “Christians consume grace the way a jet plane consumes fuel!” God freely gives us, every moment, what we are unable to give ourselves: new life in Jesus.


Reflect today on whatever God has already given you which has helped you grow in your faith: perhaps Christian friends, a good pastor, fruitful spiritual practices, a supportive family, or freedom from sins you’ve struggled with in the past. Take time to give thanks for the gift of a renewed life.

Midday Meditation:

“God can make a new beginning with people whenever God pleases, but not people with God. Therefore, people cannot make a new beginning at all; they can only pray for one. Where people are on their own and live by their own devices, there is only the old, the past.”
Dietrich Bonheoffer

Evening Reflection:

Confession isn’t just about admitting our sins; it’s about letting go of old ways of living so we can allow God’s grace to fill us afresh. Take a little time this evening confessing your weaknesses and failings to God so their grip on you becomes a little looser.

“Let me die to myself so that I may serve you;
let me live to you who are life itself.”
(Teresa of Avila)

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