The Secret to Becoming Who You've Always Wanted To Be
The grace of God. It’s certainly a big topic, but let's tackle a little bit of it today.
Paul tells us, “But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.” Romans 5:15 (NASB)
To illustrate this verse, I have a little analogy for you.
A man goes into a large forest, takes a match and sets fire to just one tree. Seems like a small action, doesn’t it? However, very soon millions of trees, the whole forest in fact, is blazing and dies. Now suppose another man comes along and puts that massive fire out, saving every tree. Would not the action of the second person be vastly greater, or “much more,” than the first?
By Adam's one offense with one tree, the whole forest of humanity died. But by Christ’s one righteous act, billions of trees were given new Life. Christ accomplished much more. Isn't that incredible?!
Now, let's look at this gift of grace. There are many definitions of grace, but the best one I've ever heard is:
Grace is God's ability given to me through Jesus Christ, enabling me to be who I've always wanted to be, but was never able to be.
Think about that. Think about the things you've always wanted to be, what you strove to be but could never quite attain. Things like being at complete peace with God, with yourself and others, being a contributor to other people's lives instead of a taker, being someone known for their honesty and integrity, being someone characterized by their warmth and welcoming personality, being a person who other people just like being around. The list of things we strive for yet can’t attain in our own strength are endless, aren’t they?
Friends, start appropriating God's grace today, reach out and receive it by faith. You are one of those valuable trees that He brought back to life. It's a gift, so begin thanking Your Heavenly Father for it.
Let His grace enable you to be who you've always wanted to be.
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