It’s free but it’s not automatic. You’ve actually got to receive it. Not passively want to receive it, but actually claim it. If it’s not something you appropriate, it sits there available yet illusory. The four things we are challenged with (https://scottprickett.wordpress.com/?p=2846&preview=true) can be resolved, but not by simply wishing it were so.
There are promises that are bought and paid for but all too often we respond with one of several inappropriate choices:
- Name and Claim: declaring with increasing volume the promises that we want to manifest as treasures
- Work Real Hard: striving to work the field longer and harder than we did yesterday so maybe the payoff will be bigger
- Wait on Death: believing that everything will be ours once we cross the river Jordan
Everything that Jesus has bought and paid for is available through Him. We can have the whole shooting match; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control. We can be victorious and reign in the way that Adam was originally intended. The redemption of the curse is waiting to be claimed and the blessings are abundant.
It’s all in His grace. The grace of Jesus holds the entirety of His promises for us. It’s all in Him and we don’t need to know the secret combination to unlock the vault. We only have to enter via grace.
Romans 5:17 says that we can reign in life by receiving the abundance of grace and free gift of righteousness. The word “receiving” there is not passive: it’s an active appropriation. It’s staking a claim. It’s saying “yes.” Then it’s nothing else.
No striving, no whining, no worrying, no wishing, no coveting, no comparing, no waffling. Just “yes” to His grace and allowing Him to be Him for His sake and purposes. It’s giving up and trusting.
We borrow most of our trouble for our imaginations of tomorrow. That won’t work. We create most of our anxiety from focusing on our lack. Not going to work, either. Joy will not reside with worry.
You can’t love good enough, raise them right enough, work hard enough or follow the rules closely enough to exceed the timing and abundance of His grace. That’s good news.
That abundance is abundance that never ends. It’s better than the limits of our imagination. It is not limited by our finite little imaginations. It’s deep and rich and eternal and right now. Just get you some. Just say yes.