Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Words on Wednesday: Willard on Grace

If you know me at all, you know that Dallas Willard was a literary mentor of mine.  I met him a few times too, but I've devoured what he's written.  Here's a helpful quote from him on grace:
To "grow in grace" means to utilize more and more grace to live by, until everything we do is assisted by grace.  Then, whatever we do in word or deed will all be done in the name of the Lord Jesus (Colossians 3.17).  The greatest saints are not those who need less grace, but those who consume the most grace, who indeed are most in need of grace - those who are saturated by grace in every dimension of their being.  Grace to them is like breath.
~ Dallas Willard, Renovation of the Heart
Did you catch that?  Grace isn't for the immature but the mature.  It's not for the baby but for the seasoned.  It's the immature that thinks they can do stuff that matters on their own, in their own power.  The seasoned saint knows the folly of that approach.

Yield to Him.  Depend on Him.  Rely on His grace.

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