Remembering His grace should not only reminds us of where He took us from, but also of where He is taking us to. When factored into our daily life and our discipleship efforts, eternity provides the right perspective for a healthy and real assessment of oneself and others. That’s the real “big picture” we must consider in discipleship.
Our desire of making disciples, at home with our family or to the ends of the earth, can be fueled for many reasons.
Many good reasons.
Many idolatrous reasons.
To keep our hearts in check we must remember, constantly, the grace God has given us, the disciple-maker.
We must remember the depths our Redeemer took us from. It can be uncomfortable to remember such a place, but this memory will help us to be patience and generous toward others: He was graceful toward us, we must do the same for those we are cultivating as followers of Him.
But His grace took us from somewhere to place us somewhere else. We are now His. We are loved, restored, and useful.
Our place in eternity – His eternity – is secured because of His Person and Work. The glory that is to come is also something we must consider when remembering His grace.
His Beauty has dealt with our past, secures our future, and gives us freedom from the present.
Do you see? You do not have to be the best disciple-maker for Him to love you more. You do not have to have the best marriage, business, family, life. We still need to engage this life, but knowing that eternity is coming, rapidly, and that He has secured that eternity gives us the right context, the real big picture for discipleship.
He wins and not our sin, at the end.
He wins and not our efforts to impress Him.
He wins and not our idols of pride and performance.
This weekend, make some time to consider / meditate on the following passages:
- Ecclesiastes 2
- 2 Cor. 5
- Rom. 8
If He has dealt with your past and secured your future (because of His Beauty and thanks to His grace), what should be your motivation to engage life, here and now? What other big pictures have you consider in the past? Share your thoughts.
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.