I’m really enjoying having you as a kind of accountability in my life right now. Knowing that you may be there reading this gives me an extra reminder to look for the blessings the Lord wants to give me. Having this place to share it makes me so excited to listen for the grace-giving words in my day. Thank you so much for reading, for letting me have a place to share grace.
Today God made grace large in my life in the words of Revelation 1:
Pssst… I’m attending Bible Study Fellowship’s study on Revelation this year so if I talk about Revelation a lot, now you know why. Just thought I’d let you know.
“The revelation of Jesus Christ… Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near… To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.'” (portions of Rev. 1 ESV)
I get concerned about doing all of it right… you know what I mean? I want to have my priorities straight. I want to do my Bible study right. I want to talk to God the right way. I want to live wife and mother right. And if I feel like I might not be doing it right, sometimes instead of bringing it to God and stepping into the next moment He has for me, I sit there on top of insufficiency and sink into all she wants to tell me.
But… Revelation tells me to hear and keep the things it tells me, (verse 3) to take them to heart as the NIV says. And maybe when I take something to heart, I make it a part of me where it starts to affect my thoughts and actions.
“Behold, he is coming with the clouds.”
When I make that a part of me, when I let my mind live there, I realize that my life, my story is perhaps like a sentence, or even a word, inside a much bigger story. I am privileged to be a part of the story, and I’m not insufficient if my life doesn’t tell the whole story. I wasn’t meant to tell the whole story.
I am an image bearer. (Gen. 1:27) I am a member of His body, (Eph. 5:30) but I am not His whole body. His church bears His image together, not separately.
Jesus came to free me from my sin. (verse 5) He makes me a priest to the Father. (verse 6) And as I make this a part of me, I am blessed. Because though I am broken, He gives me sacred purpose. But He makes me free inside that purpose… This is what freedom is: while on our own we are not enough, in Him we are safe from insufficiency.
Last night my daughter was nervous about staying in her room alone. When I told her that Jesus can make her safe, she held on to that word safe so tightly saying it again and again. We are people that crave safe, because that is what we were made for.
You, me… Son, Daughter of the King, let us live in the safety of knowing that He has made us His. Even though we mess up, He will never let us lessen the greatness of the story. He is coming and this story is bigger and better than our own lives. May we live freely in the piece of the story He gave us to play.
This is Day 3 in 31 Days of Listening