January 30, 2021

Open to Grace

All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you.
Psalm 145:10
If we grow in God's love and receive God's grace, our very existence praises God. We see this in nature and readily acknowledge it: That which has been created by God blesses God by simply being what it was created to be—plants, animals, geological formations, each, in its own way, praises its Creator.

Can it be less true of humans that, when we fulfill God's purpose for our lives, we, too, bless God? The only real difference here is that, unique among God's creatures, we can choose whether or not to do what God intends. 

The Letter to the Hebrews puts it this way: If we are like soil that is receptive to rain, then we will bear fruit that benefits the world around us. And so it is with God's people who are open to the workings of God's grace: We are a blessing not only to our Creator, but to those around us whom we are meant to serve in God's Name.

Ground that drinks up the rain falling on it repeatedly, and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God.
 Hebrews 6:7
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Send me, gracious Lord, the Comforter. May he fill my nature as the rain fills the pools; and may the parched ground of my heart become as a garden. 
 F.B. Meyer
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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