A Cup of God's Grace
Imagine a cup that represents our life. It’s inverted because we live with morally and spiritually upside down values. We don’t love God and put Him first. We think of ourselves first. We go our own way. We do our own thing. We live as if God doesn’t exist. Our downward focus is on the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). Our understanding of spiritual realities, great or small, doesn’t greatly affect how we live. Even if God tried to rain down his blessings on us, our upside down cup is in no position to receive them.
God works in our heart. We come to our senses (Luke 15:17). We decide to flip our cup. It often occurs when we’re desperate coupled with a new understanding of the perils of our rebellious condition. We can’t flip our cup without God’s enabling grace (Ephesians 2:8–9). We decide to go God’s way instead of our own. Our downward/inward focus slowly changes. Progressively it becomes more upward and outward. Flipping our cup (repentance) is the necessary first step. It puts us in a position to receive God’s blessings and to bear spiritual fruit (Matthew 3:8, John 15:8). The process of conforming to the image of Jesus begins (Romans 8:29).
We become more like Jesus by thinking more like He does. We see the world with new eyes. We love with a new heart. Our cup is filled with His Son (Colossians 2:9–10), His word (Colossians 3:16), His Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), faith (Acts 6:5) and Christian fellowship (Hebrews 10:24–25). We joyfully serve others. We share with them what God is pouring into our lives. Trials, disappointments, losses and heartaches drill holes into our cup. We love best when God’s love pours out of those holes. We’re wounded healers and limping lovers.
God’s grace equips us to love sacrificially (Matthew 20:28), bring good news (Luke 4:18–19), be good news (John 10:10) and explain His ways to others. God created us to serve Him, our neighbor, other believers and our enemies (Matthew 22:37–39; John 13:34–35, Matthew 5:44). Upside down cup—flipped cup—filled cup—leaking cup—all by God’s grace! #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources
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