This wonderful life in Christ took a long time, but once I realized how good God truly is and what His Grace means to me, my entire life began to change.
You might call “it” serendipity or “luck” or a “blessing”; I call it Collateral Grace.
Things happen when I walk with and listen to God. Of course, things happen when I don’t. I like me so much better when I’m walking with the Lord, when I know the Holy Spirit is in charge of my life, when I know that Jesus’ life, death and resurrection were for me; He would have made this ultimate sacrifice even if I had been the only person on earth. As it is, He made this sacrifice for you too!
Praise God, His gifts are for everyone who calls on Him; for all who call upon the Lord Jesus Christ:
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Life with Christ just makes sense. Life without Jesus leaves an empty hole inside. I’ve chased all kinds of people and things trying to fill that God-hole. God made me to be in fellowship with Him. He made me in His likeness:
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.
How could a new car, diamond-encrusted gold jewelry, or even a handsome prince possibly fill the space that was created by and for Him? This points to the square peg in a round hole concept – it doesn’t work.
I don’t believe that God objects to any of these worldly gifts, whether human or thing, in moderation; in their right time and place. He created all for me to enjoy. He created me first to delight myself in Him. When I do that, He will give me the desires of my heart:
Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Welcome to Collateral Grace. “See” how God showers little coincidences here, bits of extra measure there! Gracelets! Lagniappe! The unexpected! Just look around for His goodness.
Grace (GR: Charis) is used more than 120 times in the New Testament.
Take a look at this powerful Greek word for Grace – Charis χάρις. This word is frequently translated (only) as God’s unmerited favor. Charis is this and so much more! Charis is the divine influence on the heart. DIVINE! .. that’s from God. So Charis is God’s ability working within you; within your heart.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.
*all scripture is from Thompson Chain Reference KJV Bible
© 2013 Cat Brennan