I don’t know where this post meets you today: maybe relaxing with family on a wonderful holiday weekend, getting ready for a week of work, or maybe just in a tough spot. It really doesn’t matter if the last few days have been great or difficult—the truth that James writes in verse 6 is relevant for you: “But he gives more grace.” (ESV)
The fact that God gives more grace is one of the most beautiful concepts in the Bible. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, God’s grace has the power to save you and transform you. This grace takes the focus off of ourselves and places it on Jesus, which is the most freeing position you could be in. The following verses go on to talk about the importance of humility.
6 Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. … 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. (ESV)
God’s grace is applied in its fullest power when we humble ourselves before God and believe that His grace has the power to save and transform. One of the greatest spiritual principles that we should adopt, is to be so consumed with loving and worshipping God that we forget about ourselves. This doesn’t mean that we think less of ourselves or don’t like ourselves, but that we are so consumed with Jesus that we forget ourselves out of our love for God and others.
A few questions for reflection:
- What are you consumed by: God or self? What do you need to repent from?
- Are you increasingly thankful and reliant on God’s grace?
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice