September #jammed: Free Grace.
Day 257: Here and now.
“I am not here on my own authority, but he who sent me is true.” John 7:28
The hallway light flicked on at 5am, and the pitter patter of sweet little feet followed by a flush and a brush and a spit gave way to a sweet face up and ready to start the day.
“Mommy,” she whispered, “you weren’t downstairs reading your Bible yet, can I read with you today?” (God sometimes give us an easy, ‘yes,’ doesn’t He?)
We sat there side by side in the dark early hours, reading our Bibles and writing prayers in our journals. All I kept thinking was,
‘If anything ever happens to me, I’ve done such an important part of my job as her mom. She knows how to find You, God …’
Today’s verse reminds us that if Jesus was not here on His own authority, neither are we. Our days are compassionately numbered and passionately purposed by our God. It’s easy to think of our children as our own, but most important to remember that they are here on His authority, too.
In the New American Standard Bible, the word ‘come’ is used in place of ‘here,’
“I have not come…”
The translation of this word, erchomai, metaphorically means:
- to come into being, arise, come forth, show itself, find place or influence
- be established, become known, to come (fall) into or unto (Strong’s)
Not only do we come to being under His hand, but we come alive. When we accept Christ as our Savior, we begin to establish our faith and discover those compassionately numbered and passionately purposed days of our lives. Being here takes on new meaning, and He is evident everywhere.
“ Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.” John 5:25
The time was “now” then, and the time is “now” …now. Jesus is, was, and ever shall be. Here and now, we can walk into our destiny. Here and now, we can be free through Grace. Here and now, we can seek Him and find Him when we seek Him with all of our hearts. (Jeremiah 29:13) Like in the dark hours of morning, quietly seeking …
We may not always say the right thing to our children. May not always set the right example. It’s impossible to say and do everything right on their behalf. But we can speak life into them here and now. And we can seek God in His Word, here and now. When we seek Him, they will notice. Here they will see Him. Now they will follow.
Father, Praise You for the way You take our efforts to seek You and lead our children to Your feet, as well. Thank You for the authority and love You proclaim over our lives and theirs. We confess that sometimes we think we’ve blown it for them on account of our mistakes, and pray blessing over our steps …the ones they see and hear …and the ones they don’t …yet. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace!
Happy Here ….and Happy Now,
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