Most of us Christians think that if we ever get our acts together, we’ll do something great for the kingdom of God. Usually, by getting our acts together, we mean having:
1. Sufficient finances.
2. All relationships with family and others in good order.
3. Health in good shape.
4. Appearance (weight, clothing, physical conditioning, etc.) in camera-ready shape.
5. Spiritual attainment in prayer and Bible study at the highest levels.
6. Ministry set up and ready to go.
Well, if this is your thinking, I have bad news for you. You will never have every area of your life in perfect condition at the same time, as in never ever. At least one, and sometimes more, will raise their ugly heads and cause problems for you.
Once, I thought my life was in good shape, everything under control, and ready for me to do something in the kingdom of God. But fortunately, a woman named Marion invited me to help with an outreach for neighborhood youths in her home.
The first time I attended the outreach was for a Halloween party. There were approximately thirty kids, with at least half of them being special education children. It would have been just another apples, candy, and cider party, except for one development.
In the midst of the fun, a first time visitor – a twelve year old girl – broke down crying about her life. Almost immediately, a group of special education kids gathered around her and began praying for her. Not knowing the full story or what to do, I just stood there and watched.
Without a doubt, those special education kids prayed the worst prayers I have ever heard. One said one thing and another contradicted it. Back and forth it went, with all speaking at once and none of it making sense to me.
But in the midst of their mumble-jumble prayers, the young girl gave her life to Jesus. She was elated about being saved and jumped up and down.
I was shocked, trying to figure out what happened. As I stood there, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart.
“The young kids’ hearts are right with Me. So, I poured out My grace on their prayers…something you do not know about as yet,” He said.
Because of this happening, I eventually ended up with a revelation about God’s grace. But even today, I hunger to understand grace more and more.
And God is able to make all grace abound to you… (2 Corinthians 9:8)
On this side of heaven, we will never have our acts together, but like those kids, we don’t have to. We just need to trust in God’s grace because it’s more than sufficient for all of us.