Grace-Shaped Living

One of my fave stories in all of the Scriptures is found here… the story of a young man named Mephibosheth (glad my mom didn’t give me a name like that!)  It really is the story of how King David, Israel’s greatest king, wants to “show the kindness of God” (no wonder God calls him a man after His own heart) to anyone left from the “house of Saul… for Jonathan’s sake” (2 Sam. 9:1).  The former king of Israel, Saul… and his son, Jonathan… have been killed by the Philistines, and David has united Israel’s throne and brought peace to the nation.  Now, he reflects on his best friend Jonathan, and remembers the promise he made to him many years before… that when he (David) ascended the throne, he wouldn’t forget about his (Jonathan’s) family… and would show kindness to them.  Now, the time has come for David to do just that.

Mephibosheth is living in a far away, desolate place called Lo-Debar… and he is “crippled in both feet” (for the story of how that happened, see here), but David sends for him.  He is crippled and has done nothing to deserve David’s kindness… yet David stoops to honor him, allowing Mephibosheth to eat at his table regularly.

I love this picture of grace!  Grace seeks  and grace stoops... GRACE TAKES INITIATIVE!  I love this picture, because this is how God relates to us!  He doesn’t wait for us to come to Him… He seeks us out… and He doesn’t wait for us to clean ourselves up: He stoops to rescue us, even though we don’t deserve it!

THIS IS GRACE!

I love the question that David asks: “Is there anyone… that I can show the kindness of God to?”  WHAT A QUESTION!  I wonder whom the Spirit would reveal if we were to honestly ask that question?  So, let me ask, right here and now:

Who has God placed in your life that you might show His abundant, free, and unconditional kindness to?  WHO’S LIFE HAS GOD CALLED YOU TO REFRESH??  It could be a friend, neighbor, family member, co-worker… maybe they’re going through a tough time, maybe they’re alone, maybe they’re confused… maybe in some way, they’re “crippled” (either literally or figuratively) and unable to stand without help.

The sad thing is that we’re often too busy, or too focused on our own situations, to even take the time to pray about whom God would call us to show His kindness toward.  We have our own bills, our own sets of problems, our own emotional or physical struggles… right?  Yet, we’re called to not worry about our own lives, but to seek first God’s Kingdom and trust Him to provide for us (Matt. 6:25-33).

And here’s the ironic thing: God is only calling us to do what He’s already done… for us. 🙂  He sought us out… and He stooped to save us and serve us.  And He’s only calling us to do for others what He’s already done for us.

ALL OF US are in need of God’s grace… we’re all GRACE CASES!

What would our homes and churches and communities and look like… if we stopped thinking only about ourselves, and started to look for ways we could refresh the lives of those around us?  What would our relationships and friendships look like if we stopped judging one another tearing down one another and started looking for opportunities to give those around us a soft place to land?

I bet there are people in your life right now whom GOD HAS PLACED THERE SPECIFICALLY for you to be a blessing to… for you to shower with grace… with the kindness of God.

If you believe that… then pray. Ask Him to show you. Then open your eyes… and begin to let grace flow. 😉

As Kingdom-minded people, we should be grace dispensers, living lives that are both shaped and saturated with (and by) the grace of God.  May those around us experience through us what we ourselves have received from the heart of God.

Until lata,
D Plum 😉

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