A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, December 30, 2013
“But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” – Ephesians 4:7
Last week, many of us in parts of the Midwest experienced ten-plus below temperatures. I live out on the prairie. It is truly God’s country out here. The beauty and the peace, which magnifies the Father’s presence, is a constant gift to me. Along with my prairie experience, comes living in a centuries-old farmhouse, which is also a blessing; with few exceptions, such as an occasional and short span of sub-zero climate.
When I awoke one morning last week, and turned on the water in the kitchen, nothing came out. No water. Nothing, nada, zero. My pipes underneath my kitchen had frozen. I couldn’t trace the pipes to warm them, because they ran right into a limestone wall with no opening or crawl space. I even laid hands on my pipes asking Holy Spirit to warm them up; and like Moses, speaking to the pipes (okay, they weren’t actually a rock) and commanding water to come forth. It wasn’t in God’s plan that day to honor this request. So I had to just wait it out, and ask the Creator what the lesson was in this.
While doing some research, I came across a proposed remedy from the American Red Cross website, which reads under the heading of “To Thaw Frozen Pipes”: “Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe” (redcross.org).
Water is powerful. It is so powerful that it can break through the frozen walls built by freezing temperatures. This illustration reminds me of an even greater and more profound power source: God’s grace. God’s grace is so powerful, that it broke through the seemingly-impenetrable sin-built wall of a lost world, in the form of a baby.
The grace of a Holy and merciful Father is the only substance that can thaw and penetrate the icy heart of an unrepentant person, and transform and restore them into a loving child of God. Grace itself testifies from the coldest depths of despair: “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (Romans 5:8, John 3:16-17).
The Greek word for “grace” is the same word and meaning throughout the New Testament. It is charis (pr. khar-ece): “the Divine influence upon the heart, favor, benefit, gift, joy, pleasure, worthy” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). “According,” as used in this verse, is kata (pr. kat-ah), which means “down (in place or time), pertaining to touching, more excellent, through, throughout.” And of the word “measure,” VINE’S Complete Expository Dictionary refers to its use here as “a vessel.”
God saw the great and life-saving need for His Divine influence to intervene in the hearts of mankind, whose veins had become frozen because of sin. In His great love for us, this Holy Creator stepped down from Heaven and into time, taking the form of a baby, and gave Himself as the Gift of Salvation to a hurting and hell-bound world.
All you need to do is to reach out and touch this Great Gift, my brother. Simply allow the warmth of the Savior’s love to melt your frozen heart, my sister. Allow God’s Gift of Grace to fill you to overflowing and warm your spirit.
And what of my pipes? Christmas morning, I awoke to the trickle of water, which had penetrated the frozen tundra, breaking forth from the foundation of the earth; much the same way a loving God penetrated the frozen heart of humanity, and broke forth from a manger, as a baby wrapped in enough love to warm the entire world.
Father, thank You for Your gift of Grace. Most Holy God, help us to receive Your grace in a much greater and more intimate way. Do that work in us that we have been crying for You to do in the far and frozen reaches of our heart. Consume us with Your love, as we bask in the warm waters of Your grace and mercy. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we are filled to overflowing with the full measure of Your Grace, Who is Your Son. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to rest in the Father’s grace, love, and, mercy. Choose to bask in the basin of God’s loving-kindness found in His Grace, Who is Jesus Christ. Allow the Father’s Grace to wash over you, and work through you. And continue to fight the good fight of flowing in the Father’s Gift of Grace; for God, your Rivers of Living Water, 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 © 2013, unless otherwise noted.