I remember seeing this vision in my prayer time once. I saw myself standing in an open land and soon water started pouring heavily upon me.
And God spoke to me saying, “Do you see that? That’s nothing but my grace that is being poured out upon you.” The water was falling heavily and non stop, so much so that soon streams of rivers started flowing around me.
In my foolishness I said to God, “Lord you are pouring so much of grace upon me that I think it is getting wasted.”And God replied, “No, that’s not how my grace gets wasted – It gets wasted when I pour it upon you and you in turn don’t pass it on to others. It gets wasted when I look at you in mercy, but you are not merciful to others.”
Grace should cause an overflow
Millions of sermons have been preached and thousands of books have been written on grace, and yet there’s so much more to it.
I believe that the evidence that you truly understand the grace of God is when people see it overflow through your life. Or in other words, when you taste the grace of God, you can’t help but overflow.
Sadly, we believers are are happy to claim scriptures on grace for our lives, but when it is time for us to deal with others through the same filter of grace we struggle.
The Bible says in Acts 4:33 that great grace was upon the apostles…
And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them…(ESV, Emphasis mine)
The same scripture in NIV, we read,
With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. and God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. (Emphasis mine)
Living the grace life
Wow! The apostles were walking in so much grace that it caused them to think of others’ needs more than theirs. Transformed lives were the evidence of the grace of God in the hearts of the believers.
You see the grace of God will always cause you to live a life of overflow.
And then no one will have to convince you to give in order to meet the needs of others, you will automatically give.
You will not need to hear an emphatic sermon on forgiveness, you will learn to forgive even though you may be wronged.
You will not need a worship leader to encourage you to start praising God, your lips will automatically overflow out of thankfulness.
You will not need your Pastor to convince you to live a ‘holy’ life, Grace will cause you to run behind Jesus and detest all that breaks God’s heart.
Is the above happening in your life? If not, I wonder whether you truly understand grace.
Grace is precious. Let’s not waste it.