Grace, the unmerited favor of God. It is such a beautiful word. It’s a word that brings peace and rest in the fact that you do not need to work to earn God’s approval, because you have already been saved, forgiven and approved through the precious blood of Jesus Christ…
It’s like a bank, but it is no normal bank. This ‘Grace bank’ offers credit with no limit and not just that, you never have to pay back.
Many believers know about the grace of God, but have not experienced it in its full measure,because they still believe that it is their good works that will earn them God’s approval. This is not the life God has called us to.
How do I activate this credit card of grace?
It’s simple, God told us:
“Be still and know that I am God.”
Being still means you really don’t have to do anything to earn your approval and your Identity as a child of the Most High. ‘Knowing’ is knowing God and being sure of the truth that God is who He says He is.
How do you really know that if you walk into a store, your credit card will work? It’s faith. It is because you were told by the bank. You were not shown any physical money…you were just told that you had credit and the card was the way to access it. Same with God : Just know that He is God and receive grace through faith.
Someone said, “If you had no fear in this world, what will you do?” Though very profound, I’d like to tweak that question a little bit and ask, ” If you knew that God – the Creator of all heavens and earth; the One who holds all power; The One whose words do not fall to the ground; the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End – was with you, what will you do?”
It sounds so simple but somehow, ‘knowing’ changes who we are. It changes our actions, it changes our approach to life. The flip side is also true, that ‘not knowing’ affects the way we behave. Remember the Bible says ‘ my people perish for lack of knowledge.’
Gehazi and Elisha were going to be attacked by an army. Just the two of them against an entire army of trained soldiers. Gehazi was scared to death but Elisha was not. It’s logical to be scared, I would be surprised if he wasn’t. Gehazi was certain that were about to get killed but Elisha prayed that God would open Gehazi’s eyes, and when God did, Gehazi saw the vast army that was behind them ( Gehazi and Elisha). What do you think that knowledge did to him? Don’t you think it melted away his fear like wax in the fire?
Being still was not not-doing-anything, it was doing everything based on the knowledge of who God is.
Mary sat at Jesus’ feet to listen to Him. Martha was all over the place working. Jesus said, “…only one thing is needful and that is what Mary has chosen and it will not be taken away from her”. These ladies believed Jesus. So this was not really a salvation thing. This was the life-after-becoming-a-child-of-God thing. Martha was working, Mary was listening. Martha did what she thought needed to be done…had to be done by her… but neglected sitting with God in the process. Perhaps if she had listened like Mary, Jesus would have done yet another miracle of providing food.
He just wants you to focus on Him and He would take care of the rest.
We are changed by knowing Him. The bible says ‘ As we all with unveiled face, beholding the Glory of the Lord, are being changed into His very likeness from one degree of glory to another.’ So if you have a problem…look to Jesus!
So be still…and know. Know that He has saved you and all your goodness does not add or subtract from your worth in His eyes. Only the blood of Jesus saves. Know that He loved you enough to die for you. Know that He is Good. Know that He is faithful. Know that He is unchanging. Know that He is intentional. Know that He fulfills His promises for His name’s sake. Know that He is God!
Swipe that card!