One day when I was 18 years old, my parents came to me and asked to see me. They told me to go outside. This was a very unusual request, and I was excited but a bit anxious as well. Knowing me, I could have set something on fire, or ruined one of my mothers plants. So as I walked outside, my father said, this is your car, now get in and take it for a drive. I was so excited, my first car, no longer would I have to beg my mother to take her’s, but now I was a man! Excitement over took my body, and I froze for a moment, with a tear coming from my eye, I ran and hugged and thanked my parents…then I bolted for the car.
This experience is a similar experience found in the book of Joshua. We see that God has already gone and claimed the land for the people. He says in Joshua 1:2,3, “Moses My Servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them–the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.” Before Israel ever step foot in the promised land, God had already given it to them, but did this mean they were done? No, God said to get up and go get it. They even had to march around the city multiple times. If God had already given it to them, why did they have to march? God has always wanted to see our faith in response to His grace, acknowledging God and His grace has never been enough, but what we do with it, is where God finds His faithful servants.
God in a similar sense has given us salvation, through Grace. In Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” God just like in Joshua, has already extended His hand of grace, but does that mean all will accept it? No, every gift given must be taken and received. We must be His workmanship. Continuing in Ephesians 2 in verse 10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
My parents bought me that car, but if I never got in and drove it, would I have ever reaped the benefits of that car? God today, like everyday is offering His hand of grace, what will you do with it? Will you take action and have faith in His promises or will you let them fall by the wayside and never reap the blessings of His grace?
God’s grace is already yours, all you have to do is just go and take it!!