We tend to forget… periodically we need pause and remember what God has done in our lives and on our behalf… His blessings, His grace, His goodness, His faithfulness, His miracles, His provision, His dealings in our lives!
A “history lesson” is a good thing for “God’s people!” Psalm 105 is that kind of Psalm!!!
Here is how it is introduced (but the whole Psalm is a worthy read!)…
“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
REMEMBER the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he has uttered! …
We’ve all seen the incredible pictures of “before and after” transformations … NutriSystem pics, makeover pics, Greatest Loser pics, the ads touting what a particular exercise machine will do for you and wondered… Wow, is that picture Photo Shopped?
Well this morning I read Ephesians 2.1-10 in my Bible about what “GRACE” can do!! And I can tell you, God’s grace can accomplish incredible things for people! The transformation stories could fill a library! The “before and after” pics would blow you away … You would barely recognize the people! Perhaps you’re one of God’s marvelous “Grace Makeovers” … I know, because I’m one of them! Just like an “Eliza Dolittle,” that God, not a Professor Henry Higgins, transformed by grace into people of distinction, character, and beauty.
Here’s how the Bible puts it…
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works.” (Ephesians 2:1–10 NIV)
God can do it – a “Grace Makeover!” I just read about it this morning and when I did, I wrote these words in the margin of my Bible, “Thank you Lord!” He did it my life!! He can do it in yours!
If you had to choose between a wonderful destination or an exciting, ongoing adventure, which would you take? … Door #1 or door #2?
I don’t know about you, but I’d take the exciting, ongoing adventure every time! It’s too easy to simply settle in and get “musty and rancid” – satisfied with a destination! An adventure has discovery and ongoing fulfillment written all over it (even if at times things get a bit scary)!
That’s why I think Apostle Paul, in his great apostolic prayer in Ephesians 1:15-23 was asking God to give His people an exciting, ongoing Spiritual adventure – not simply a settled Spiritual destination! (And listen… I’m not one of those who believes “Heaven” is simply a destination where we go, and settle in, and adjust to “mansion living!” I believe it will be one, ongoing, eternal experience of cosmic, universal adventure and discovery… FULFILLING IN EVERY WAY (all caps!).
So here’s the core of Paul’s prayer for your consideration today (I read it myself this morning during “coffee with the Lord” and am still relishing what the fulfillment of it means in my life in an on-going way so far…)
“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe!” (From Ephesians 1:15-23 ESV)
Hey, it’s an adventure – NOT simply a destination! Wow! Enjoy!!