Author: Sallie Ross
How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me? Psalm 116:12
Grace is unmerited favor, and in some ways it drives us nuts! It drives us nuts in that there is no way that we can repay it; we don’t have anything comparable to offer.
But as we walk through this week, as we look at our Lord and know what is soon to happen to Him—willingly– we can begin to see how we might repay our Father.
The word to be dealt with here is “willingly”. How can we repay God? We can yield our wills to Him. We know, we really do, the things that He is asking of us. Sometimes we may allow life to get very loud when He begins to make requests of us, and so we might miss the specifics. But even the increase of activity and volume indicates to us that He is speaking, and we are not yielding.
Often we land on the ten commandments, take them one step at a time, and really feel pretty good about our accomplishments. But it is more. It is about the posture of our hearts as we love Him; it is about the generosity of spirit that we offer or withhold; it is not just about the words we don’t say–careful not to dishonor God–it is the words we hold back when they could have carried life for another. It is not only about what we are called not to do; it is also about what we are called to do.
How can we repay the Lord? We must come before Him; we must let Him fill our vision, that our hearts and our minds might be changed from self to other. We must remain with Him, noticing His signature on our lives, hearing His whisper as He calls us forth. How can we repay the Lord? We must be His and no one else’s–willfully, daily. And life will open in more wonder and fill us with more awe and delight than we ever could ask or imagine.
–Father, I tend to say “no way could I repay You!” and stop there. Forgive me. Let me give my life, pouring myself out for You; I learn how by watching You. Let me meditate day and night on your goodness–the goodness that gives me life. That the goodness I see would move my heart to serve You alone. Lord, hear my prayer.