“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” 1 Timothy 1:15
One thing I know about me is that my voice carries. What the Lord has shown me is how far. We tend to forget that when we are out here in the middle of the world wide web. This is the “what” of this place, to carry the voice of Grace. My “why” is…because I don’t know who needs to hear.
I was reading in Psalm 91 today and praying protection over my missionary friends and I got to the end of the verse and there was a line that jumped off the page. In one line, and since I am a wordsmith, I often get a ton of meaning through just a few words. God’s Word is my saving grace and perhaps today it could be yours.
I share my faith here is because I don’t know who needs to hear grace today. There’s a story about Oswald Chambers who, before a big speech, wanted to check the acoustics of the venue that he was speaking in. He wanted to make sure his voice carried well to all the corners as a large attendance was expected. The year was 1857. Standing on the stage he quoted a verse (the one above) from the very spot in which he would being making his speech the next day. He seemed satisfied with the test and then left to go rest.
Little did Chambers know at the time of the test who needed to hear that verse. Behind one of the statues inside the venue, a humble worker was kneeling, hiding, and battling depression. The worker couldn’t find the words to pray, his heart was breaking with guilt and shame, and he couldn’t even cry out with a “help”. Just as he keeled in silence, a voice boomed from every corner.
“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” 1 Timothy 1:15 …was the worker’s saving grace-filled words. Grace carried and bounced through space to bring him hope that day. From one voice to his hurting heart, he converted to Christ. Little did Oswald Chambers know that the man was hiding, little did Chambers know his hurt. Nor do I know who is hiding behind this screen right now.
What I do know is that this one verse speaks truth, and shows us God’s grace. Chambers didn’t waste his opportunity to speak grace into someone’s life. I think about anything that Chambers could have offered as a test of the microphone and acoustical sound. He could have said anything, but because God was his everything, he was ready to speak grace everywhere. Even in such an empty place, because friends, you just never know who is listening.
We have the most worthy of grace, the words of healing, the most significant of sayings to share. Don’t miss your opportunity to share grace as your life has been spared. Because you don’t know who is listening that needs that same long drink of grace, mercy and healing.
This is the “why” my talk lines up with God’s walk!
So as this line jumped into my heart (again) ….“I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation.” Psalm 91:16. Would you do something for me today? Let your mind go to your own empty place and and imagine what the tallest drink of refreshment looks like. A tall glass of water, tea, koolaid, or whatever your pleasure is. Now let your mind go to the refreshing qualities of that drink. It’s cold, icey, endless. You’ve just come in from a hot summer’s day, and are sooooo thirsty. Your inmost parts feel like a dry, sandy desert and you need a drink, a long drink that quenches your thirst. God’s Word is like this long of a drink you are thinking of right now. Take a taste and let it flow down your throat, hit your stomach, accept it as a substance of truth and let it refresh you in a way that is so quenching.
His saving grace message is worthy, acceptable and true. Whatever empty place you are hiding right now there is only one Grace that can fill your needs, it’s God’s saving grace, Christ Jesus. Because I don’t know who’s reading.