12 Jan Day 8: God’s Varied Grace
Noah and Angi Walker
“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought…” It takes God’s grace, awakening our hearts to be able to look at ourselves as we truly are. As it is written, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” This weight of sin is too difficult to bear, and the lifelessness of our hearts is too great for us to recognize how truly broken we are without the grace of Jesus Christ.
“…but rather think of yourself with sober judgment in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” What is God’s assessment of our abilities? Jesus states in John 15:5, “I am the vine and you are the branches…for apart from Me you can do nothing.” Nothing! And yet, we are also called through faith the words Christ spoke in the same breath: “The one who remains in Me, and I in him, will bear much fruit.” Much fruit! We are capable of an abundant harvest in Christ. May we believe these words with all of the faith that God has granted us!
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” God did not make us to be self-sufficient. We cannot view one another with a spirit of “I have no need of you” (1 Cor. 12:21). It’s only together that we can function as God designed. Like a hand cut-off and sitting on a table, we aren’t going to have any idea what we’re supposed to do outside of the body.
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” God has intentionally and specifically gifted every last one of us. God did this — not any man. Therefore, may we never compare our gifts from a place of scorn or declare to God, “Why have you made me like this?” (Rom. 9:21) Instead, may we respond, “Here I am – send me” (Is. 6:8). If we walk in these truths, we will see our whole church flourish and the world will know that we are Jesus’ disciples by the way that we love each other; in action and in truth (John 13:35, 1 John 3:18).
- Please pray that God might give our church a radical, unwavering spiritual dependence directly upon the shoulders of Christ.
- Please pray that God would humble us as he shows us our gifts and that he would show each of us how to be a fully engaged, active member of the Citylight church body.
- Let us repent of self-reliance and throw our souls upon Christ in ongoing dependence.
- In times with the LORD, let us ask Jesus what gifts He’s given each of us (and let’s not forget to take the spiritual gift assessment test if we haven’t already!)
- Out of a place of humility, let’s take tangible steps (i.e. talk to someone, start something, do something, etc.) to apply our gifts in the next 2 weeks at our church.