It is a strange thing to see a Christian glory in grace. But as strange as this idea might seem, it is all too common in the church today. How easily we lose sight of the grace Giver and focus only on what He has graciously given!
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! (1 Corinthians) 10:12
Countless Christians have lost their way by disconnecting themselves from the Way. They glory in the grace given rather than glorifying the One who has bestowed it. They glory in their great faith; they glory in their growing commitment to their calling; they glory in their generous portion and place in God’s kingdom. But they glory in the wrong things! Every grace is simply a gift from God, and if we are to glory in it at all, it must be focused on the One who has given the gift.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights . . . (James 1:17)
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. (Romans 11:36)
You see, it is not the grace given that keeps us standing firm, but rather the Giver of the grace. The only thing keeping us from falling flat on our faces is Jesus’ faithfulness to us, not our faithfulness to Him. The Christian must never glory in any grace given or even in a certain fall in on the way. Our glory is to be in God alone because our strength is only found in our Savior alone.
“What do you have that you did not receive?” (1 Corinthians 4:7). And the more you have, the more you are indebted to the One who has given it. We must fix our eyes on the Giver of the gift and never on the gift itself. Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2) is the fount from which all our blessings flow, and we must continually drink from this fount if we are to grow in the grace we have been given.
Sip continually from the streams of strength that flow from your Savior and you will find yourself standing on a Rock that will topple or tip you over.