Satisfied by Grace: Does grace really fulfill our deepest needs?
Is it possible to feel fulfilled?
We know what it feels like to be empty. Can we ever hope to know fullness?
We know that divine grace is sufficient for our salvation – is it enough to satisfy our longings, meet our needs and fill us full?
These are the questions that I asked and studied in my blog series Satisfied by Grace. For those of you who are new to my blog or who didn’t catch the whole thing, I thought you might like a quick recap.
In the first post I looked at the reason for human existence – the high calling of fellowship with God. When sin had cut us off from God, grace brought us near – because “with God, all things are possible.”
The next post, Pursued by Grace, deals with our need for love. “Our souls need love like our bodies need air.” And God loves us – loves us enough to pursue us in spite of our sin and shame. He has transformed us from a filthy, faithless wanderer into a bride worthy of His Holy Son.
Is God really more concerned about our holiness than our happiness? The third article looks at the nature of holiness and happiness and concludes that God intends them to work together. Grace not only empowers us to do right, but gives us joy in our obedience.
Commissioned by Grace acknowledges our need for life purpose. “I am just one girl in the middle of an ocean of humanity. I’m just one face, one voice, lost in the blur. It’s easy to feel dwarfed by the immensity of the universe, to feel like I’m drifting, meaningless and insignificant.” But here again, we find grace meeting our needs. Who but the God of Grace could commission sinners like me to go into all the world to do His great work? But that’s just what He’s done. We have purpose – and only through grace.
The gospel is perfect – it’s so perfect that sometimes we just need to take time to meditate on it’s sheer beauty. The next post highlights the dazzling artistic perfection of the gospel and wonders at its wisdom. C.S. Lewis and I teamed up on this one, and it’s the longest post in the series by a good bit. 🙂
Are you a perfectionist? So is God, actually. But our perfectionism is self-reliant and twisted, while God’s perfectionism is an aspect of His absolute goodness. Growing in Grace reminds us that sanctification is a gift that helps us to deal with our perfectionist tendencies in a wholesome way. When we’re bathed in grace, sanctification becomes less of a chore and more of a beautiful journey towards the rightness that our souls crave.
The final post is all about rejoicing in our blessed hope. There will come a time when all things will be restored and our joy will be perfected. “Amid the press of battle and the dogged pain of this world, we have that hope – a hope that takes our breath away. The hope of finding rest and restoration. It makes everything worth it, doesn’t it?”
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.