I have been learning a lot about grace in the past few years and along with that, a lot about the love the Father has for us. It is amazing how much He loves you and me and what all He has done for us in our lives. I am amazed and awed continually.
Teaching the book of James in my local church in our mid-week service and also working with 1 John in our Psalm 19 Friday Fellowships this fall, the Lord has led me to work with the fact that grace produces fruit in our lives. It is not just about receiving the grace given (and that is huge), but it is also about allowing that tremendous gift to produce a continuous harvest of fruit.
Obedience is the fruit. Sometimes it is learning to just stay in step with the Lord as in a dance (abiding of 1 John). Sometimes it is allowing Him to work in another way through me that will accomplish some deed for Him, and sometimes it is just learning to allow my person to interact deeply enough with Him so the combination of our lives shared (His and mine) produce for Him a unique essence of presence that is a treasure in His heart and mine.
In a marriage, there is each partner and then there is the entity that is born with the uniting of the two. That means the “marriage” takes on a life of its own even though it is woven through two – yet it is.
So it is with our relationship with the Lord! Our relationship (our unity and love together) produces something that neither of us are alone. Now just how awesome is that?! The creative power of lives joined is awesome. Of course this relates to the local fellowship of believers (as well as the universal fellowship), but before we can jump that far we need to allow this to be true in our individual lives.
Thank you Lord Jesus for loving us so much that you release us into life beyond anything we have ever dreamed — All in You!