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GOD-TRACKING IS RESTING IN THE EFFECT OF GOD'S GRACE
by Dudley Anderson
7/10/2015 / Devotionals
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10 July 2015
GOD-TRACKING IS RESTING IN THE EFFECT OF GOD'S GRACE
The time was 8.30pm and well past Jonny's bedtime so his mom bundled him in her arms and took him off to bed. Yawning, he prayed his prayers, kissed his mom and turned over to go to sleep. Ten minutes later Jonny's mom heard a thump and a whimper upstairs. Returning to her son's bedroom she found Jonny on the floor. "What happened?" asked mom. "I fell out of bed," replied the 5-year old. Mom picked him up and tucked him in back under the covers and then went back downstairs. To her dismay, Jonny's mom heard another thump and a whimper a few minutes later. Again she returned to find her son on the floor. "Why do you keep falling out of bed, Jonny?" asked mom. "I dunno," he said. "Perhaps it's because I sleep too close to the edge."
All through life people strive to be good and help their fellow man. They work hard at being righteous in the hope that someday they may be lucky enough to go to heaven. However, true hope for eternal life only comes when we realise that our good works gain us nothing before God. Only through repentance of sin and faith in Christ, by his death and resurrection, can we experience God's grace. By God's grace we enter God's rest. But sadly, some of us still try hard to work at salvation. It's a bit like someone climbing into bed at the end of a long hard day but remaining too close to the edge. The result is that they keep falling out back into a life of self-effort or selfish gain.
Isn't it funny how we all often sleep with one leg in the bed and the other hanging out on the floor? We think that by striving to be a good person or by placing confidence in our good works we can somehow attain a greater measure of God's grace. But, and here's the paradox, grace is effortless! Grace is God's doing. There is nothing you and I could ever do to earn God's favour. In fact, Grace is defined as God's unlimited favour. By grace, God saves us through Christ and by grace God empowers us by the Holy Spirit to do his good works in us. Even Apostle Paul realised that he was useless without God's grace. He once said that Jesus told him, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
If you desire to be more effective for God then don't sleep near the edge of your bed. If you truly desire to succeed in your career, in your relationships and in you ministry then lift both feet off the world and fall back into the slumber of God's workmanship. If you want to make an impact on those around you or wish to influence others for Christ then retire from selfish effort and rest assured in God's grace.
God-tracking is resting in the effect of God's grace.
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2 Corinthians 12:9-10
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Verse of the Week
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Quote of the Week
A Sample of Dudley's Fave Quotes.
"The fact that he chooses to use us is only due to his grace. It has nothing to do with us." --- Brother Yun
Don't Give Up, Look Up!
Look up and Fix Your Eyes on Jesus!
Only by resting in your grace can I ever be want you have planned me to be
"My Lord I realise now that I have been sleeping too close to the edge of my life's bed. I have accepted you as Lord and desire to serve you but I still find myself doing it under my own steam. Forgive me for selfish effort. Today I choose to pick both feet up and climb in deeply into the bed of your grace. Your grace has saved e and your grace has equipped me to serve you. So Lord, I seek your power by grace upon my career and my church work; upon my home life and my relationships. Only by resting in your grace can I ever be want you have planned me to be. Amen."
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Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa Dudley Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Dudley currently writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker and complied 2 devotional books based on GodTracker. These are God-tracking Through the Year ï" year one & year two.
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