Living in the Overflow

Following Jesus is more than a decision – it’s a life being transformed.

I know years ago when I shared my testimony with others, I viewed my faith as static. It was a decision made in the past where I would now stand and wait until Jesus took me to heaven. I had been moved from death to life to just wait.

Yet when the truth of God’s grace finally hit me, I was overwhelmed. It was no longer just that God offered grace as a better option than death. God was and is able to make grace overflow.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you…2 Corinthians 9:8

This is likely the realization that fuels music speaking of love like an ocean, river, and waterfall. Our reality is transformed from seeing God in a single moment of decision into seeing God as a faithful and constant provider of love and grace that endures forever.

…so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times…2 Corinthians 9:8

God’s grace is given with such abandon that we can boldly proclaim that we have all sufficiency in Christ in all things at all times. No matter the challenges that come our way and no matter the cost, our God was, is and will always be able to flood our lives with his incredible grace.

Even in this beautiful awakening to Who God is and who we are as a result, we can find ourselves back in a static state – standing in grace.

But we have to wonder – why did God make all grace overflow to us?

…that you may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

God chose to make all grace abound that we might abound in every good work. We don’t have to do anything to earn God’s grace. He gives that freely and generously to the point where we are saturated and have all sufficiency in Him. But grace is not just for standing; it’s for transforming.

Our thoughts, feelings and actions all are penetrated by the overflow of God’s grace toward us. The Spirit transforms us and makes us more into the image of Jesus so that we respond toward others in a way that mirrors His life. It’s a grace that’s not simply to be received but shared.

We can stand under the gushing waterfall of God’s grace waiting for Jesus’ return, or we can choose to live in the overflow.

In the overflow of God’s grace, we can reach out to those who live without sufficiency in all things at all times. Our response to their need may be what finally opens their eyes to the grace they can receive through Jesus Christ. Our gracious actions provide a living illustration of what God is doing in our lives and desires to do in theirs.

It’s very difficult for others to believe the reality of God’s heart for them if all they see is a believer standing drenched in grace.

May we take time to not only enjoy the abundance of God’s grace toward us but to also live in the overflow in such a way that others get a taste of the Living Water.

 

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