Be Sure To Plug In

>> Monday, July 16, 2012

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.           2 Corinthians 12.9 MSG

My Sunday School class has started another John Bevere series. I love his teaching: He’s funny, relevant, easy to understand, and an awesome man of God.

Relentless is all about perseverance. Never giving up. And staying on the path God wants us to be on in order to complete the assignment he's given us.

Grace plays a big part in relentlessly pursuing what God wants of us. I always thought it was just his kindness in light of our unworthiness. And it is. And so much more…because we often skip over the power that comes along with it.

Here is my definition of grace, gleaned from what I’ve learned so far:  Free, unmerited favor (a gift that comes from believing in what Jesus did) empowering us to go beyond our natural ability, by tapping into the power source.

It’s all about the power.

Part of my daily routine is drying my hair. Like clockwork, I grab the blow dryer and a few minutes later, I’m ready to move on to the style/spray/torture phase.

But what would happen if I forget to plug in the dryer?

I'd probably go on a rant because what I expected didn't happen. No whoosh of hot air in sight, I might turn the button on and off repeatedly. And try to “fix” the thing by banging it on the counter.
But it wouldn’t help.

I’d then make a mad dash to Wal-Mart and buy a new one while concocting a story for my boss as to why I’m late for work.

All because I never plugged into the power source.

Back to my definition, God gives me grace to help me accomplish great things for him. But not by myself: His power makes us a team.

Sometimes I marvel that he picked me to do anything. But more important, he will help me do it. It’s a lot of pressure because I don’t want to disappoint him.

However, I can relax. All he asks for is my willingness. All I need to do is plug into the power.

He’ll do the rest.

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
Eph. 2.8 NLT


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