I just kept thinking about how there was way too much good stuff in these verses for one page and decided to put that down. I was thinking it, right? And this step is to write what I am thinking, so I did. And God did His thing and the rest just began flowing from there. Isn't He great!
Then God did His thing two more times for me. The second, the circle of "the gift." I wrote it. Then I said, "wow!" So that's it! I've heard Pastors before try to explain to others, possibly in a Bible study class, how what God has done for us is a gift, that faith is a gift, and that we have to do nothing to receive it. Then someone always brings up, "but we have to do something, we have to believe." Well, true. And the Pastor fumbles and explains how we do nothing, but we do something, but it is really more about how much He does and how much we do and the fine line and, and, and. . . .
And there it was, the answer in my own words.
From my page above:
"I did nothing! Did, as in past tense.
I do my part. My part is easy!
I just trust God to do it. That’s faith.
That’s it! Period!
And YET my faith is a gift!
The whole shebang is a gift from God.
I am just ready to receive it.
I am handed a gift and I say “thank You.”"
Yep, do you see the circle? He did it. I do my part. My part is faith. Yet my faith is a gift! So what I do is actually what He has done in me and through the Holy Spirit and I still do nothing!
Reading in my words on the graphic, what I do is a speck on the spectrum. Yet what I do is not really what I am doing, but what is done through Him the Holy Spirit.
I guess I could have put that on the graphic, but then again, as I was afraid, there just wasn't enough room. So this is why people write whole books based off of these verses, huh?
The third thing God "did His thing" with was when He gave to me through a commentary the words, "God infused." Ohhhhhhoooooohh! I liked that! Oh, did I like that. You see, I love tea and the making of tea is simply infusing tea leaves with water. Also, if you've been following me online or on my twitter round-up posts, you've seen that recently I am into infusing fruits with water, and infusing flavors into simple syrup to put in these infused waters and tea. It's all infusing, so I wanted to know more.
I searched online for definitions of "infused" to really understand the word and I was ooohing and ahhing out loud how good this stuff was!
First we think of how the tea bag is soaked into every part of the water. Analogy? Grace is soaked into every part of this "God-saved-me life story."
Second, the water extracts from the tea flavor and healing properties. Analogy? My mind could go down the path of "we are the salt of the earth" with the flavor infused idea, but I went with the "healing properties" instead. My mind, body, and soul extracts from God's grace healing properties. God's grace is very healing; no denying that, huh?
Third, infusion causes something to be filled with something. Analogy? What does God's grace fill us with? I decided God's grace fills us with love and forgiveness. We are able to love and forgive others because Christ first loved us.
I think I need to write a book on "Grace infused" because it is just filling up my soul! Can you see that as the title of the book? Seriously, because God's grace infuses us and that it grows and we are God's servant to infuse into other relationships. See what I mean?
Such good stuff.
And to think I had to fight myself to make myself even begin this study.
Pssst... I had no idea where my graphic part, the last part of my image, would go, but when I was given "grace infused," I just had to go with a recent photo of my lemon-infused water aka lemonade.
Oh, and have a happy Grace-infused day!