Beginning with an End in Mind
“God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that He won’t stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns.” – Philippians 1:6 CEV
Cheater, gambler, womanizer, drunkard – having this list of credentials makes anyone wonder if that kind of a life is worth anything. But one man started that way, and still made the cut for taking care of more than 10,000 orphans; providing each child with adequate food and shelter, competitive education and biblical values that prepared them for the rest of their lives. All of these would be accomplished through the power of prayer.
Being transformed from a wretch to God’s instrument, George Mueller started to realize grace when he joined a worship gathering and witnessed a man named Herr Kayser. Mueller couldn’t understand Kayser kneeling in prayer, as if he was talking to someone who was present in the room. He wanted to discover for himself what it was, and kept joining the group. As he grew deeper, Mueller acquired an insatiable appetite for the things of God and changed his wayward attitude into the likeness of Christ.
Grace is something given to us, though we do not deserve it. It is not something we can work for, but something given freely, if only we accept it. Through grace, God was able to move in Mueller’s life, touching others so that they may also be recipients of this priceless treasure. And until eternity ends, grace is available to us each moment, waiting for us to grab it.
May we always start each day with grace and proceed with gratitude – knowing that giving up our lives is the least that we could do for everything God did, does, and will do to us. May we never lose sight of Christ Jesus – who works in us so that God’s will may be done and that His Kingdom may come.
God is not yet finished with your life, and He has yet to unveil the best for you. Live in grace, breathe out grace.