“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (2 Corinthians 4.7 NIV).
I’ve come to realize a long time ago that I will never be a perfect writer. As a person who communicates God’s heart, not being perfect has always tried to rob my right to express the things that God reveals to me. How dare I, the imperfect vessel that I am, try to express the holiness of the Lord? But I can’t help but share God–He’s like a fire in my bones that consumes my thoughts.
“But if I say, ‘I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,’ his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot” (Jeremiah 20.9 NIV).
I communicate by the right of GRACE. I’m not perfect, and I never will be, but I walk firmly on the grace bought and paid for me by the blood of Jesus Christ. His blood completes and perfects every word that I say and write. Jesus took my sin, died and rose again, leaving sin behind! And I’m forever freed by the heavy weight of perfection because Jesus carries it for me.
“For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1.17 NIV).
The power of grace demolishes our fears, doubts and worries. Whenever we begin to excel in an area of life, we will always be confronted with of our flaws, imperfections and mistakes. To focus on our weakness rather than Jesus’ overcoming strength is a sin. Which is more powerful? Our sin or His redemption? The Holy Spirit unleashed on this earth in the New Testament Pentecost proves that Jesus’ sacrifice is POWERFUL (Acts 2.4). God’s Spirit can freely live in a corrupted world and in imperfect people because Jesus’ spilled blood has redeemed everything!
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1.7 NIV).
Not only must I walk in grace to be victorious in writing, I must walk in grace to be victorious in all areas of my life–marriage, motherhood, relationships, work, health, etc. If I’m crippled by the fear of my own flaws, I will hide from God’s amazing plans for my life. But if I cling tightly to GRACE, I will be more willingly to walk out by faith into the territory that God has claimed for me! It makes no sense, and I can’t reason it all through. But God has called me to be more than a conquerer in Christ!
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8.37 NIV).
We can no longer allow fears to dictate our steps. FAITH must dictate how far we walk and how wide we reach. If we would keep our eyes on the cross and the redemption that Jesus shot across the world through His sacrifice, we would fearlessly and relentlessly chase after our God-given dreams. Grace is our golden ticket bought and paid for by a God who loves us so much that He would die for us. When fears say that you can’t, stand firmly on faith and shout out, “Grace says I can!”
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” (Philippians 4.13 NLT).