January 4, 2013

The Gift of Grace: We The Stewards.

Have you ever wanted something so bad that it seems to be everywhere around you all of a sudden?  A bright red camaro has caught your eye and now all you see are the bright red camaros on the street. That's how I feel with the word or idea of "Grace." I'm not sure why being Gracious has become my personal, life anthem...but I feel like I hear and see and learn more about it all the time.  And it's really been a hard thing for me to pin down, what exactly it looks like lived out.
Well my pastor shared an awesome word a few months ago, and it's been ringing in my heart ever since.  He titled it "The Stewardship of Grace," you can listen to it here if you'd like, all these quotes are from that message.  What I loved most was the picture of Grace as a gift we've been given, that we are responsible to steward.
"The only way we can receive grace upon grace, everyday is to see it as a gift and constantly give it away." - Steve Lawson.
As we are faithful with the grace we've been given, we are given more and become GRACIOUS people!  How exciting!  I feel like I've been given the secret formula, and it's so simple.  I can do this.  You can do this.  But it starts here...
"If we want to constantly recieve God's grace, we have to be willing to constantly give it away...so we must all also receive it.  If we won't recieve it, we cannot give it away!- Steve Lawson.
So first let's realize we are never good enough or we will never deserve God's grace.  He has given this gift to each of us, no matter who we are or what we've done.  We must first receive God's gift of grace to us.  Then we can't be horders.  God's kingdom is upside down and inside out compared to the way this world works.  Here if you are given a gift and you give it away, it's gone.  But with God when you give away your gift and look back at your hand, there is more.  Over and over and over again, we give and He gives us even more.
"Grace saves us and transforms us. Grace allows us to serve Him and empowers us. If you want more, be responsible for what you've been given - and give it away!" - Steve Lawson.
So here is my epiphany in a nutshell ;)

I cannot be gracious until I first receive God's grace.  Then I must give it away (treating others and seeing others with grace).  God will increase as I steward well - and that is how I become a gracious person.  Bam

Lord help us all to steward this precious gift well everyday of our lives.

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