#3595 – No Striving

Good morning people who abide in Christ and automatically produce godly fruit

Revelation 1:4 NIV John, to the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from Him Who is, and Who was, and Who is to come, and from the seven spirits before His throne.

Grace is the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude.

As I continue to meditate on the word grace and focus in on this word reflection, I am aware that a natural reflection of anything has never had to strive to be a reflection.

When you see a breath-taking reflection of mountains and trees in a perfectly still lake, there is no striving by any of the elements involved. In fact, the more still something is, the greater the reflection. I wonder if there is something prophetic in this thought for us today.

Psalm 46:10 NIV He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

The result of a stilled, settled, contented, grace-filled life that draws its very life from God Himself, is increased and eternal fruitfulness. Notice the result of “Be still and know that He is God” – “He will be exalted among the nations, and He will be exalted in the earth.”

The very thing that we so often strive, labour, toil and stress over, was always intended by God to be the automatic fruit of a grace-filled and peace-filled life that is an automatic reflection of Him Who is vibrantly alive in us!

Perhaps our focus and order is incorrect. Perhaps greater fruit does not come from greater striving, but greater grace-consciousness; a greater rest in Who God is and His finished work.