Skip to main content

My size? GRACE!

When the Woman saw that the tree looked like good eating and realized what she would get out of it—she'd know everything!—she took and ate the fruit and then gave some to her husband, and he ate. Immediately the two of them did "see what's really going on"—saw themselves naked! They sewed fig leaves together as makeshift clothes for themselves. (Genesis 3:6-7)

How are you doing with this 'blame' thing? Maybe hit the snooze button one too many times because of a rough night, then blame your tardiness at work on being "caught in traffic"...really, who was to blame? Perhaps a deadline passed without your work being finished, while your online shopping is all complete, and you excuse it away with just how "busy" you have been...really, who was to blame? It is silly how we try to "cover up" our little "missed steps" with all kinds of make-shift things that are really a 'cover-up', isn't it? As I was reading the story of Adam and Eve being tempted by the serpent this morning, I had the revelation of this "cover up" concept being a pretty OLD way of dealing with our short-coming! Truth is...we have been playing this 'blame game' for a long, long time!

Our "cover-ups" are nothing better than "makeshift clothes" - "cover-ups" that really don't hide all that well, aren't they? At best, they provide a "flimsy" excuse - a little 'covering' to let us have a few moments to regroup, get our stories straight, and then craft one excuse after another. Think about it - Adam and Eve had to likely remake their quickly made 'cover-ups' time and time again because leaves just don't last! Neither do our excuses! Any time we try to cover up our failures, we are trying to "make do" with our short-comings. We "improvise" - or as some may say - we try to jury-rig our "fix". I found myself suggesting the use of silicone tape to cover over something that I couldn't quite figure out how to fix the right way. This may not seem like much to you, but if you know anything about the right way to fix a leaky pipe, that isn't it! The proper "fix" would be to totally dig up the sprinkler pipe to find out where the leak was occurring and then to get the replacement parts to glue it together properly.

Healing only begins when we submit our failures to the one who can do something about them - he does way more than apply a little 'quick heal tape'. Healing began when Adam and Eve finally admitted their "naked" condition to God - explaining WHY they felt the need to cover-up. We do all kinds of things to cover our "naked" condition of soul that sin leaves us with - yet nothing adorns us in the same way as grace! Why does grace "fit" us so well as a "cover" for our sinfulness? Simply because grace is "formed" on the frame of all Christ did at the Cross. If you have ever sewed, or watched a seamstress in their craft, you will know the purpose of the "form" they use to pattern a dress. The "form" helps them provide an end-product which is beautifully "form-fitting" and uniquely designed for the individual. The Lord "form-fits" grace using the form of Christ as the "model" by which grace is made a specific 'fit' to our need! Every time I have asked God to "outfit" me with his grace, I feel so well-adorned, like it just "fits" me like a glove! When he sees me, he sees Christ. I don't know how this all works, but I do trust him to "outfit" me with the best for my life - and the "outfitting" begins whenever I stop trying to "outfit" myself with my makeshift excuse of a "covering" for my misguided responses to life's issues!

How about you? Have you considered how you are adorned today? If you have been 'settling' for the makeshift coverings that you can somehow 'craft' yourself, you may want to consider the one God has designed on the form of Christ - the one marked "MY grace is sufficient for YOUR need"! You'll love the fit! Just sayin!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

What did obedience cost Mary and Joseph?

As we have looked at the birth of Christ, we have considered the fact he was born of a virgin, with an earthly father so willing to honor God with his life that he married a woman who was already pregnant.  In that day and time, a very taboo thing.  We also saw how the mother of Christ was chosen by God and given the dramatic news that she would carry the Son of God.  Imagine her awe, but also see her tremendous amount of fear as she would have received this announcement, knowing all she knew about the time in which she lived about how a woman out of wedlock showing up pregnant would be treated.  We also explored the lowly birth of Jesus in a stable of sorts, surrounded by animals, visited by shepherds, and then honored by magi from afar.  The announcement of his birth was by angels - start to finish.  Mary heard from an angel (a messenger from God), while Joseph was set at ease by a messenger from God on another occasion - assuring him the thing he was about to do in marrying Mary wa

A brilliant display indeed

Love from the center of who you are ; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply ; practice playing second fiddle. Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. (Romans 12:9-12) Integrity and Intensity don't seem to fit together all that well, but they are uniquely interwoven traits which actually complement each other. "Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it." God asks for us to have some intensity (fervor) in how we love (from the center of who we are), but he also expects us to have integrity in our love as he asks us to be real in our love (don't fake it). They are indeed integral to each other. At first, we may only think of integrity as honesty - some adherence to a moral code within. I believe there is a little more to integrity than meets the eye. In the most literal sense,

The bobby pin in the electrical socket does what???

Avoidance is the act of staying away from something - usually because it brings some kind of negative effect into your life.  For example, if you are a diabetic, you avoid the intake of high quantities of simple sugars because they bring the negative effect of elevating your blood glucose to unhealthy levels.  If you were like me as a kid, listening to mom and dad tell you the electrical outlets were actually dangerous didn't matter all that much until you put the bobby pin into the tiny slots and felt that jolt of electric current course through your body! At that point, you recognized electricity as having a "dangerous" side to it - it produces negative effects when embraced in a wrong manner.  Both of these are good things, when used correctly.  Sugar has a benefit of producing energy within our cells, but an over-abundance of it will have a bad effect.  Electricity lights our path and keeps us warm on cold nights, but not contained as it should be and it can produce