Grace for Relationship with God

Sunday, November 22, 2009 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Exodus 33:13, Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight.

Thousands of years ago Moses raised a standard for ministry that placed grace at the center of a growing relationship with God. “Show me your way,” Moses said. “That I may know you and find grace.” It was not enough for Moses to hear God say “you have found grace in my eyes.” He wanted to move into the reality of it. This looks something like the believers who gathered in the Upper Room to pray and wait for the baptism in the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:48). It was not enough for the disciples to have walked with Jesus before His ascension, they needed to be “clothed” with the Spirit of Christ in order to fulfill God’s work in their generation.

"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

Moses, in his day, elevated the meaning and reality of the grace of God. While grace in Noah’s life indicated divine favor because of his upright lifestyle, grace in Moses’ life became a force based on the strong relationship he cultivated with God. Again, Moses sought for more than raw power to do a job, he wanted to do his work through grace, which he understood as the active presence of God.

[Excerpt from my book, "Grace: Discovering God's Design for your Life"]