It seems like everyone I talk to these days is battling a major trial. For some, it is the dilemma of working harder than they ever have before in a job that they don’t like. The stress level is through the roof and the demands on their time are astronomical. For others, it is health issues that have them perplexed and or depressed. And still for others, it is the thought of a future that is filled with so much uncertainty that the thought of stability seems like a fairy tale.
After many of these conversations, I am reminded that life on this planet is hard. I recently was reminded of a line in an old Christian classic, sung by Randy Stonehill – the chorus read, “Stop the world, I want to get off!” It seems that many of my friends, myself included at times, would agree with that sentiment. Life is hard!
But dear friends, we need to continue to remind ourselves and each other that although life is hard, God is good! He has always been good and will always be good! His grace is sufficient.
Last week I was blessed by a devotional admonishing us to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, by the famous Pastor Charles Spurgeon. Spurgeon writes:
“Christ has grace without measure in Himself—but He has not retained it for Himself. As the reservoir empties itself into the pipes so has Christ emptied out His grace for His people.”
I love that! Christ has grace without measure in Himself but has not retained it for himself. Christ doesn’t hoard His grace, it is meant to be dispensed on those who are in need. Spurgeon’s use of the picture of a reservoir that empties out is a beautiful description of how God’s grace is a never- ending flow of life, strength, and sustenance for every needed soul who is in Christ.
Later in the devotional, Spurgeon paints another picture of a fountain pouring into pitchers that are then being poured out to bless others. That is how grace works. God dispenses His grace on us so that we can be poured out to bless others. He then fills us with more grace for the next day. Because of that reality, instead of saying, “Poor me, life is so hard”, we can say, “Pour me Lord – your grace is so great!” THANK YOU JESUS FOR the sufficiency of your grace.
Here is the complete devotional by Spurgeon. Be blessed.
– Pastor Rob
Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. – 2 Tim 2:1
Christ has grace without measure in Himself—but He has not retained it for Himself. As the reservoir empties itself into the pipes—so has Christ emptied out His grace for His people. “We have all received grace after grace from His fullness.” He seems only to have—in order to dispense to us. He stands like the fountain, always flowing—but only running in order to supply the empty pitchers and the thirsty lips which draw near unto it. Like a tree, He bears sweet fruit, not to hang on boughs—but to be gathered by those who need. Grace, whether its work is to pardon, to cleanse, to preserve, to strengthen, to enlighten, to quicken, or to restore—is ever to be had from Him freely and without price; nor is there one form of the work of grace which He has not bestowed upon His people. As the blood of the body, though flowing from the heart, belongs equally to every member—so the influences of grace—are the inheritance of every saint united to the Lamb. Herein there is a sweet communion between Christ and His Church, inasmuch as they both receive the same grace. Christ is the head upon which the oil is first poured; but the same oil runs to the very skirts of the garments, so that the lowest saint has the same unction of as that which fell upon the head.
This is true communion, when the sap of grace flows from the stem to the branch, and when it is perceived that the stem itself is sustained by the very nourishment which feeds the branch. As we day by day receive grace from Jesus, and more constantly recognize it as coming from Him, we shall behold Him in communion with us, and enjoy the felicity of communion with Him. Let us make daily use of our riches, and ever repair to Him as to our own Lord in covenant, taking from Him the supply of all we need—with as much boldness as men take money from their own purse!
Christian Growth, Church, Grace, Persistence, Spiritual Walk, Trials, Workmanship