By happenstance, I read 2 Corinthians 4 today. It was something I saw posted on Facebook, and though it wasn’t part of a planned reading, I headed to the chapter.
The day before, I had decided to do a mini-series on gratitude, in the week leading up to Thanksgiving. I had no idea what I would write on, but I figured I would find inspiration along the way.
“We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving and God will receive more and more glory.” 2 Corinthians 4:14-15
It was like a great big ole light bulb went off above my heard.
What better to start off my mini-series of gratitude than by finding a grateful heart for God’s grace. Something that is given totally freely, without condition or expectation. Something that is never failing, and finds me anew each day.
Grace is truly a glorious, wondrous thing. It’s something that defies human nature. And yet, the more we experience and soak in God’s grace, the more we pass it along to others.
God does heart surgery on us, filling us with His grace, which we then can pass along to others.
And look at what happens when we pass along grace: others come to know God. And God receives all the glory.
And in heaven? Oh friends, when we pass along grace and help a hurting heart, there’s joy in heaven for even the littlest of actions.
Today I’m grateful for God’s grace, and I’m trying to be more aware of it. Am I always passing it along? Goodness, no. But through God, my heart is always changing, and I’m finding it becomes easier. As I dwell in His grace, I learn to invite others in as well.
One of the incredible parts of God’s grace is that He chooses (CHOOSES) to rain blessings down on us. Even when we’re complaining, or procrastinating. Gulp…or even avoiding Him. Think of a few things you’re grateful for today. Is it hard? What things would you miss if they were suddenly gone.
Lights. Insulation. Warm socks. The patter of little feet. Coffee. The ability to walk unaided.
Things that are “normal” to us are easy to ignore. But imagine life without them. The list of blessings could go on forever. Because through God, we are infinitely blessed.
Today I invite you to join me in writing about just a few of the blessings you noticed today. Leave a comment with something that hit you today…something that you maybe don’t always noticed, but are always blessed by.
For me, today, it’s the grace of the King of Glory.