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Hitting the Mark January 2018

Graciousness is about thinking less about ourselves and more about others

Hitting the Mark
A Desire for Personal Holiness – Part 8

Scripture Reading: Acts 6:8-10

Key Verse: Acts 7:60

He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died.

As we continue from yesterday’s devotional thoughts, we want to take a second step toward being a person full of grace, as Stephen was. This second step is about surrendering our rights to God. When a person is demanding their rights, there is little grace being shown. Graciousness is about thinking less of ourselves and more about others. Stephen, when being stoned, didn’t think about how bad life was for him, he prayed for the people who were stoning him. He asked God not to hold this sin against them. That is amazing grace, exhibited in a man fully surrendered to God.

Do we come out on the short end of life when we fully surrender to God’s plans? The people surrounding Stephen, those doing the stoning, may have thought that Stephen lost, but he didn’t. God so rewarded Stephen, that we can’t imagine the gain! No one ever loses that fully surrenders their life and rights in life to God. When we stop fighting for our rights and let God fight for us, we win every time. Can you believe God is greater than your spouse, your friends, your boss, your co-workers and any enemy that might cross your path? Can you believe that even if it seems they are taking advantage of you, God plans to make it a total victory for you? Are you ready to surrender your rights to God and let Him reward you?

There is a freedom in forgetting about one’s own rights. We relax in God’s care and don’t have to fight to make sure people are noticing us or not hurting us. It is God who gives promotions and rewards obedience to those who walk in grace toward others. Be a person full of grace and watch God work for you!

Father, I surrender my rights to you. In Jesus’ Name, amen.