As Soon As I Get My Act Together…Look Out World!

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.

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18 responses to “As Soon As I Get My Act Together…Look Out World!

  1. You’re right, we have it all together during the moments when Christ is put first in our lives.

  2. Donna,

    Thanks. I agree with you.

  3. I really like Donna’s comment and your post and heart to know more about grace. I am so often overwhelmed, because there is so much to learn, but I don’t want that to stop me from doing what He wants me to do right now.
    God bless you, Mr. Larry, as His grace leads the way for you.

  4. Debbie,

    Thanks. If the Lord needed perfection in His believers, I’d be in a heap of trouble. So, praise God for His grace.

  5. when you figure out how to get it and keep it all together let us all in on it.

  6. Naphtali,

    Thanks to grace we don’t need to have it all together. But if I ever do figure out how to do it, I let’ll let you know where to buy the book. It’ll be a big seller.

  7. Caddo Veil

    So, I’m thinking that walking in grace is “living ready”, no?

  8. Caddo,

    Good point. Hmm! You’re a feisty one and I like that about you.

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  10. so true, we just need to step out right where we are, and God meets us.

  11. Yvette,

    Thanks. Grace is more than sufficient when we step out.

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  13. As the Lord said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

  14. Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to Believe in the one he has sent.”
    (John 6:28-29 NIV)
    This is so simple, yet we make it so complex. Surely there must be something besides just doing what the Lord says here and simply believing as He has said. Surely there must be something for us to do as was suggested by the Jews of Jesus’ day so that we are able to do the works of God.
    Or, we could just take Jesus at His word and simply just believe on the One whom the Father sent.

  15. Tony,

    Bingo! You hit the nail on the head, but we believers love works, especially our own.

  16. I can’t do justice to the picture a guest speaker painted of the unqualified condition the disciples were in when Jesus told them that everything hinged on them; but the final point He made, “Surely I am with you always”.

    That alone is all that will help us to feel that we have our act together.

    Loved the post.

  17. Mike,

    Thanks. You point is perfect.

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