Part 1: A Big Life
Message: Your Unique Grace
Oh! Teach us to live wisely and well...
Psalm 90:12 (Message)
Do you wish your life felt as comfortable as your favourite clothes? That your life expressed the alignment of who you are with who God made you to be? I’m convinced that we all long for this kind of life – living in our unique place of grace.
Perhaps you feel overwhelmed by life. The Bible is full of characters who felt out of their depth and inadequate for the task placed before them. To be honest, I can’t think of a time when I haven’t been living outside of my depth. Life is certainly full of overwhelming moments, especially if you want to do something worthwhile and live with a sense of purpose. Yet, it’s easy to be distracted by your insecurities, trying to live up to other peoples’ expectations and putting pressure on yourself to be someone that you’re not.
Do you recognise your strengths? Or are you consistently overlooking the very things—talents, gifts, attributes—that God intends you to use? Who does God say you are, and what has he called you to do? The key to living a life of purpose is being able to answer these questions.
We can find clues in the Bible about how to live a life of purpose within the comfort of our unique grace. In almost every letter the Apostle Paul wrote, he begins by introducing himself within the context of grace (Ephesians 1:1 is a great example). Paul clearly had confidence in who he was and what he did, despite his past. He was comfortable with his calling regardless of the challenges he faced, and he was comfortable with the way God uniquely dispensed grace in his life.
In 2 Corinthians 10:12 Paul says,“For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”
Just like Paul, you must be comfortable living within the gracious limits that Christ has bestowed upon you in order to move into God’s purpose for your life. Make the decision to embrace your unique grace and shake off the limitations of living up to other’s expectations. Then you’ll become comfortable with your life in a way that feels like putting on your favourite clothes.
Prayer: Lord, I ask for the strength to move past the restrictions that I or other people have put on me. Show me how to live a big life with wisdom, to find my unique place of grace and to live free.