Taken from the LIVE LOVE LEAD Devotional by Brian Houston:
“Part 1 – A Big Life – Your Unique Grace”
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.
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 (KJV)
“12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. 14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ: 15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labour; but having hope, when our faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly, 16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand. 17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 10:12-17 (KJV)
“28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meet and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV)