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05 August 2016
God-tracking Through the Year - year two
By Dudley Anderson
The second in the series of 52 weekly readings to help keep you on track with the plans of God.
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GOD-TRACKING IS FAITHFULLY TRACKING GOD’S PURPOSES BY THE SUFFICIENCY OF HIS GRACE
2 Corinthians 12:9(b)
Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
“Simon, Simon!” called Andrew as he ran up to his brother’s boat, moored at the edge of the lake. “We have found the Messiah!” John and I were listening to John the Baptist speak when suddenly he pointed to Jesus of Nazareth and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.”
“Whatever,” replied Simon as he continued to fold his nets. “No, really. Come see.” Simon reluctantly followed his brother to where Jesus was standing talking to some men. Jesus looked right at Simon and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Peter,” (which means rock).
And so began the life’s adventure of Simon Peter, one of the most dynamic God-trackers of all Bible characters. But Peter was, what we might call, a rough diamond. His outspokenness would land him in most unsavoury situations, more often than not. It was Peter who drew his sword and cut off the High Priest servant’s ear at the arrest of Jesus and it was Peter who denied his Lord three times after Jesus’ arrest. But it was also Peter who acknowledged Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God. He was the rock upon whom Jesus built the Church. Simon Peter became the primary leader of the 12 founding apostles of Christianity and he was used of the Holy Spirit to pen several books we now have as scripture in our Bible. Simon Peter was a great man.
Thankfully the Bible is packed with characters like Peter. Men and women who were less than perfect but who were used mightily of God. I take courage as I seek to track God’s will for my own life from the fact that God does not call perfect people to do his purposes. (In fact, there are no perfect people – the only perfect man who ever lived was Jesus Christ himself.) If I was faultless in my lifestyle or my service of God, then I could claim credit for what I do. But, because I am a faulty character (like old Peter) I know that any good thing I do must come from God. Wasn’t it Paul who complained about having a “thorn in the flesh”, but when he talked to the Lord about it Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Grace is God’s doing. Grace does not overlook our deficiencies; grace produces God’s efficiency though us. By grace we are saved and by grace we serve. God-tracking is seeking to live by the grace of God, especially through our shortfalls. Grace does not condone sin. On the contrary, it reveals sin to us. Grace pardons our sin on our confession and repentance. And grace has a brother called, faith. We are saved by grace through faith and we serve as God-trackers by God’s grace though faith in his power to equip us for duty.
God had a purpose for Simon Peter and God has a purpose for you. You do not need to be perfect to follow God’s purposes; you only need to step out in faith, believing that, by grace, God is fulfilling his purposes through you, to his praise and glory. That’s living by grace.
God-tracking is faithfully tracking God’s purposes by the sufficiency of his grace.
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2 Corinthians 12:1-10
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If grace is God’s doing, then Lord, do your will through me!
“O sovereign Lord, thank you so much for your grace. Thank you that you sent Jesus – the perfect Son of God – to die in my place and redeem me from sin. I confess and repent of all my sin – everything I have done, said or thought that has grieved the Holy Spirit. Praise you for grace that pardons my sin. I now commit my life to serve you, O Lord, not by my credentials but by your grace. If grace is God’s doing, then Lord, do your will through me! I submit to your grace and will continue to serve you all my days, by faith. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
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