As the saying goes, “What you win them with is what you win them to.” So, for those of us who know that any merit we have before a holy God is by grace alone, we desire nothing more than that grace would abound. Having been saved by grace, we are sold on grace. We have tasted and seen that God’s grace is good. Thus, we have an appetite for God’s grace and desire it more. His grace has been weighed in the balance and found to be all-sufficient. As such, His grace is sought for the day in order that it might be ever-sustaining. Newton’s song has become our song: God’s grace, His unmerited favor, has brought us “safe thus far,” and that same unmerited favor will “lead us home.” Grace, more grace. We thirst for grace.
So how do we tap into grace? James, at least in part, provides the answer.
But He gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
(James 4:6 ESV)
God gives more grace. Doesn’t matter how much grace we’ve know, there’s more. No matter how big grace has been in our lives, it can occupy even more space. Regardless of how amazing it’s been, we ain’t seen nothing yet. To sort of quote someone else, grace is an ocean and we’re all sinking.
So, if He’s giving, how can I be receiving?
God gives grace to the humble. James said it. Peter said it (1Peter 5:5). The smartest and wisest guy to ever live said it (Prov. 3:34). Do I really believe it?
Humility. Not exactly my default position. Something about the flesh that wants to exalt the flesh. Something about the natural man that wants to lift up the natural man. Something about me that kind of wants to promote me. But something that James says God opposes.
Peter says I am to clothe myself in humility. I am to cover myself in my “littleness.” Instead of standing up for myself, I’m better off to keep low to the ground.
And it’s not, as again others have said, that I am to be occupied with thinking little of myself, it’s that I shouldn’t be occupied with thinking of myself at all. Humbling myself, as Christ did, by making myself nothing, taking the form of a servant, and counting others more significant than myself (Php. 2:3-7).
Lowliness opens the flood gates of grace. Humility invites revival from Him who dwells in a high and holy place. Contrition is the calling card by which heaven RSVP’s with a life-energizing loving-kindness sourced in Him who inhabits eternity (Isa. 57:15).
God gives grace to the humble. Yes He does!
Abundantly flowing grace for His everlasting glory!
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.
(James 4:10 ESV)