A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, April 29, 2014
“‘Who are you, O great mountain?’ Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’” – Zechariah 4:7
What or who is the mountain in your life, family? Is it your crabby co-worker, your bad-tempered boss, a needy neighbor? How about a cocky child, or a sinister sibling? Dare I even suggest that a mountain in your life is your scrutinizing spouse? Is your house a mountain for you? How about your vehicle, or lack thereof? Maybe it’s your job? It couldn’t be your attitude though, right? :-).
The Hebrew word for “grace,” as used in this verse, is chen (pr. khane) which means “graciousness, kindness, favor, pleasant” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “graciousness” as “marked by kindness and courtesy.” As children of the Most Gracious Father, we are marked by kindness and courtesy. If you wear God, then you wear the mark. So where is the mark you wear? It’s in there someplace. Is that “someplace” marked very clearly on the outside, or is it buried so deep on the inside that it is neither effective nor apparent?
“But Brother Matt, you just don’t understand! So-and-so is such a mean old…s/he doesn’t deserve any kindness.” And my gentle and gracious reply back is “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for you, for me, for everyone” (Romans 5:8). We didn’t deserve the grace of God, but He gave it to us anyway; as Himself in the form of His Son. In truth, the Son of God and Son of man died for even those who will never love Him, appreciate Him, or receive Him. Our accepting or rejecting the Savior of the World did not stop this King from dying for us.
My brothers and sisters, it should not be about what we get back; but rather what we give out. We should pour out because God poured Himself out for us. And we are saved because God poured into us His grace. “It is by grace that we are saved” (Ephesians 2:8).
Luke 12:48 dispenses this tender graceful gift: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” As saved sons and daughters, we have been given the greatest gift imaginable—the free and unearned gift of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Much has been given to us, saints. It is truly a privilege and honor to carry the Word of God inside of us. The more we pour out, the greater measure of God’s Sweet Holy Spirit is poured back into us.
The more grace we extend, the greater measure of grace we receive from the One who grew the very tree that He would hang from and die a horrific death. God has been so good to me and so gracious to me, who am I to withhold grace from anyone else! I need every bit of grace that my Heavenly Father has to bestow upon me; so I dare not hold back one precious drop of the Savior’s life-saving and life-sustaining grace that flows into me from the Father above. And neither should you.
Do you need more grace in your life, my brother? Do you need that mountain to move, my sister? Then speak great grace to all whom you meet. And God’s great grace will pour into you and flow out of you in mountain-moving and life-transforming measure.
Father, thank You for dying for us, in that while we were yet sinners, You came in the person of your Son, Jesus Christ, with undeserved and unearned graciousness in Your Holy Hand and poured it over all of humanity. Help us, Most Gracious Father, to receive and walk in Your Great Grace, Love, Kindness, Forgiveness, and Tenderness. We call on You to do that work within us that You have been longing to do. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we openly wear Your mark of great grace. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to not treat people according to the way they act or the way you think they should be treated; but according to the mark that you wear—the mark of God’s great grace. Meditate daily on the Grace of the Father. Open your spirit to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and let it transform you from the inside out. And continue to fight the good fight of always speaking great grace to all you meet; for God, your Grace-filled Conversation, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.