The Believing of Grace

Throughout this series I have been bring a new focus upon what grace truly looks like.  One of the 5 Grace Keys that I spoke about previously is that grace is about reciprocal giving.  We all know that the transaction of giving involves two or more parties and there is an object that transfers from party to the other party (parties) in the transaction.  One has an object that provides a benefit to the other upon its release.  Pretty standard stuff that you’re not going to get all worked up about, right?  What I mean by worked up is that you’re not the least bit excited right now; you’re not clinging on with anticipation; you’re not feeling adrenaline surge through your body with a heightened sense of awareness; you know, “worked up.”  Why not?

As you read this or any of the posts on this site, do you recognize the exchange?  Is there something you receive in these writings that you’re not receiving elsewhere? Is it possible that we have become so accustomed to “taking” that we have lost our ability to recognize the act of giving?

Before you go and think that I’m looking for affirmation here (I’m not) you should consider that our social structure today has conditioned us to “take.” We live in a limited-minded society so you had better take what is given to you because you don’t know when, or even if, there will be any more.  It is feast or famine out there so you better get while the getting is good!  Get what you can, can what you get and then sit on the can.  Do unto others before they do it to you.  Get the point?  We are accustomed to taking.

We are accustomed to taking for one reason: we believe and we trust in scarcity.  We even have a faith for scarcity.

Have you ever been to a buffet restaurant?  There is placed before you generous amounts and varieties of food.  If you watch the people that dine in these places you’ll see the affect of scarcity thinking.  Surrounded by unlimited resources they pile their plates high before “it’s all gone.”  Furthermore, they’ll watch their favorite dish from their table just so that they can make sure that they get another serving before it runs out.  It’s a buffet – food doesn’t run out!

The Kingdom of God is like a buffet restaurant – abounding grace and provision.  We can’t grasp that.  Scarcity has mothered us and we can’t pull ourselves off of the teat because we believe we’ll starve. It’s the only thing keeping us going right now.  One of the names of God is El Shaddai, the many breasted one.  This name speaks of abundant provision beyond compare.  But we have limited our belief to “there will always be feast and famine.”  Never do we consider the perspective of the kingdom – feast.  Consider this verse:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

Do you see any scarcity in this verse?  It is there as a condition of one thing: believing.  The question to answer is do you believe because of the scarcity in your life or because of the abundance in the kingdom?  How you believe determines how you interact with all of the facets of grace.  Did you believe because of the lack in perishing or in the abundance of a life everlasting?  Before you answer that question realize that you can’t answer it correctly simply because neither is what you are to believe in.  Yet these are what so many place their focus upon – the affect of grace.

In the kingdom of grace the one thing that you focus on, or believe on, is the gift – not the affect that happens from receiving the gift.  The gift creates the affects, life to those that trust it, death to those that reject it.  To operate in the kingdom of grace you have to believe in the gift in order to give it to others out of a reciprocal nature.  You have to believe that the gift will address every issue where scarcity exists.  You have to believe the gift doesn’t need to be added to or subtracted from in order to fulfill its purpose.  You have to believe that the gift answers all hopes and is the evidence to all its affects.

Do you believe in the transaction of grace to this degree?  If you find it hard to do so, then you may want to take the admonishment of Jesus come to the kingdom as a little child.  Children don’t believe from a place of scarcity which means they don’t focus on affects.  Have you ever watched a small child open gifts either at a birthday or Christmas time?  The focus of every child during these events is on the gift – singular – while every other gift waits to be unwrapped.  When one gift is unwrapped the child will naturally play with that gift ignoring the other gifts around them for a time.

That is how we are to operate with the gift from the kingdom that we have received.  There is an abundance of other gifts for us to receive but our focus is to be pin-pointed on just this one gift – Jesus.  From Him all other gifts come, each abounding with the joyous, eternal life-giving, reciprocal nature of grace.

So with this understanding of the role of believing in grace, you are now ready for to see where the gift of grace first came upon this earth to man.  It all began . . .

Grace and Peace to You

Mike

 

 

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