Looking unto Jesus and not to the spiritual blessings which we have already received or which we are now receiving from Him. As to yesterday’s grace, it has passed with yesterday’s work. We can no longer make use of it; we should no longer linger over it. As to today’s grace given for today’s work, it is entrusted to us, not to be looked at but to be used. We are not to gloat over it as a treasure, counting up our riches, but to spend it immediately and remain poor.
Peter walked on water but he began to sink when he took his eyes off the Lord Jesus and looked fearfully at the stormy sea around him. It was his attention to trouble and inattentiveness to the Savior that caused him to sink. Now suppose instead of out fear, Peter had taken his eyes off Jesus in wonder of his new found ability. How much farther upon the water would he have walked?
This may be the greatest temptation of all. God meets us in a moment of private prayer and overwhelms us with the sense of His presence. We find ourselves on our faces before Him; tears fall from our eyes. For a moment we ache somehow with what He aches for and long for what He longs for. God is blessing us with a moment of deep communion in His own passions. And then we think, “I am weeping unselfish tears. I am meeting with God. He is speaking to me. I feel His presence. This is really happening.” And in a moment this movement of God comes to an end. And we assisted its passing by turning our eyes from Him to the miracle of our walking on the water.
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. I Peter 4:10
I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise. So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Romans 1:14-16
Can We Pray? God I would count your blessings. I would memorialize all the great works of your grace in my life. But let me not make a shrine for my own glory out of your goodness. May every grace be a reminder of my indebtedness to You, my Savior and my indebtedness to all others for whom you died. In Jesus Name.