“We must take intentional steps in the direction of our affection…grace is opposed to earning, not effort.”
This was one of the takeaways from yesterday’s message. We kicked off a new series at church last week where we are learning more about what it means to live a life where we “prize” Jesus. The pastor shared with us 1 John 2:6 “Whoever claims to live in Christ must walk as Jesus did.”
This, of course, can’t be done without making deliberate choices every day of our lives.
One thought that came to mind after thinking more about this was how it all starts with a willingness to be willing. What I mean by this is that, sometimes the steps in the direction of Jesus seem small, but what matters is our willingness to take the steps in the first place. When our hearts are willing, His power is unleashed.
- I think about the man who said to Jesus, “I do believe, help my disbelief”… when he took the intentional step of bringing his demon possessed son to Jesus for healing. (Mark 9: 24)
- I think about the woman who had been bleeding for years. She took the intentional steps and made her way to Jesus through a crowd of people, this was the hope running through her mind and heart… if only I touch the hem of His robe... (Matthew 9:22)
- I think of the beautiful friends who carried their paralyzed friend to Jesus. The doorway was blocked and they took the intentional (yet inconvenient) step of lowering him down through the roof.
- I thought about this post from a few weeks back about how the Lord uses even smallest amount of willingness.
We see instances all through Scripture of how small intentional steps will lead us closer and closer to a BIG God.
No, there’s nothing we can do to earn God’s grace or His healing touch…but there are steps we must commit to taking, today, in order to position ourselves where that grace and healing is freely being offered to us.
What is one step of willingness you need to take today?