Defined by Grace

by Talia Posey
We are all imperfect people. We lie, lust, and covet. We are prideful, gluttonous, judgmental and envious. We don’t always treat other people right, and we often fail to use our time, money, and talents as God commands us in His Word. Despite our best efforts to please Him, we fail God over and over again. Yet He still compels us to come to His throne of grace.
It would seem that our imperfections would disqualify us from approaching the throne of such a holy God, but they are the very reason He wants us to come. He wants to change us, transform us, and extend grace to help us when we need it most.
I don’t know about you, but when I approach the throne of God, I quickly become all so aware of just how much I need His grace. Though He always welcomes and embraces me with open arms, after a few minutes of being in His presence, I realize just how inadequate my holiness is compared to His. My weaknesses are exposed and my strengths all but fade away into the background of His splendor. I recognize that even my best attempts to please Him still fall short of His majestic glory.
For a moment, all I can even think of is my unworthiness to even sit at God’s feet.   I begin to get uneasy and a bit overwhelmed….but then comes His grace. Like a river. It showers me and floods my soul. It saturates and fills every ounce of my being. It overshadows me and allows me to feel God’s unexplainable and undeniable love as He comforts me, reassures me, and reminds me of the purpose and power of His amazing grace in my life.
He lets me know how much I need Him.   He reminds me that He allowed Himself to be “touched by the feelings of my infirmities” and that He gave His life to accomplish what I could never accomplish on my own.   He shows me how His strength is made perfect in my weakness. He lets me know that while He desires to change and purify me, it’s done through His power and not my own. He assures me that His grace is indeed sufficient, and that His mercy endures forever. Without fail, I leave my time with Him uplifted, encouraged, overwhelmed, and grateful to Him for allowing me to be a recipient of His immeasurable grace and love.
I believe God yearns for all of His children to experience the outpouring of His grace-understanding that our worthiness to receive it is based on the work and merit of Jesus, and not our own.   It is my prayer that we continue to approach His throne consistently and boldly and that we leave it changed, transformed, and fully confident that His grace is sufficient to bridge the gap between our imperfections and His divine perfection.  
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16

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