A posture of grace


Forget religion. Forget world religions. Forget atheists in foxholes. Forget what’s fair. There are really only two kinds of people in the world. Those who insist on meeting God on their own terms, and those who realize He insists on meeting them on His; and realizing that His terms are beyond their ability to perform, they meet Him on their knees, knowing their sin, and crying out for His mercy. That’s it. It’s all in the attitude of the heart.

This is why AA and the Twelve Steps work, because they take a person to their knees and beyond. Beyond, is where we live every day, with an everyday awareness of our need for a savior and holding onto His grace. This is also why we keep coming back. We keep coming back because we need to be reminded who’s in charge and where our power comes from. We are not groveling. We are learning to stand up, but with a posture of grace.

That is to say we don’t crawl around on our knees, but we are on our knees in our hearts, aware that He is the source of the power that we need to follow Him. This is why we champion AA and the twelve steps because they embrace this reality about us and God, and help us apply it daily to our lives.

It’s all about posturing. It’s the posture of the heart that keeps us internally on our knees depending on Him for everything. We stand up tall in the world, in the knowledge of His love for us and the gifts He has given us, but we are bowing deep in our hearts, aware that nothing comes from us and everything comes from God. This is the posture of grace.

God loves us and He wants us on His team, but we are the ones getting the deal. And my, are we fortunate! He provides us with everything we need for life and godliness if we just follow Him moment by moment, one day at a time.

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3 Responses to A posture of grace

  1. Jesus Aguilar says:

    Good morning John, and good morning to this fellowships of misfits that are following John.
    Everyday is a beautiful day, when I am looking at the grass from the top!!!
    John this morning you are in fire, your writing is a perfect preamble to step nine. I have had the blessing to help many people to take step nine and with your permission I am going to save this for my next person ready to take it.
    What your words do is this: — it helps the individual to stand up and humble approach the person that we have offended. We do it with dignity and sincerity, we look to bring our actions and express that we have changed, and if there something to help healing the hurt besides our words we are willing to hear and comply. I have experience that most wonderful emotions after i have gone thru this step. We call it “spiritual awakening”
    I pray for this fellowship to grow in awareness that without God – we are nothing – With God we are everything. The Word of God and the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous is a combination to defeat any addiction and I mean any addiction. We do not bit it out of anybody, God does that for us, we just bring people to Him.
    May God richly bless you
    Jesus Aguilar

  2. jwfisch says:

    Thank you, Jesus. This is very encouraging.

  3. Hib Wiedenkeller says:

    So well said! I’d like to frame it! It was like – right from the mouth of God! Thank you.
    Hib Wiedenkeller

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