Utterly Helpless Without Him

Reaching for the moon

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8, ESV).

Just accept it. You will never be able to do well enough on your own. You will always need His help. You will always need a Savior. Your own inner resources will ever fall utterly short of being enough. You will always need His sufficiency, His sustaining, and His strength. Every day for the rest of your life, you will be entirely dependent on His grace.

How freeing it is to acknowledge this with all of your heart! The first day I surrendered to Jesus, and every day since then, I have been, and still am, completely helpless on my own. Faith, in the present moment – just like when I got saved – is accepting that I cannot do anything for myself. It’s abandoning myself to His mercy and power. “For who has ever given to God?” (Rom. 11:35a, NIV). With nothing to offer Him, I dive headfirst into His ocean of grace. Come, dive in with me!

Your inner legalist may object, “Hey now, I have done a lot for God!” If so, you’re in good company. The disciples felt that way too. They protested to Jesus, “We have left everything to follow You!”

Come into the light, precious one. The light will reveal who really did the work. “But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God” (John 3:21, NIV). Anything truly beautiful that has been done through your life, He did it. He did it by His grace. The more you come into His revelation light, the more you see that it’s all been Him.

Lean into that, child. Lean into Him. Forget about yourself, your strengths, your weaknesses, how well you are doing or not doing for Him, what a good Christian you are being or not being. Forget all of that. Look into His eyes. Get lost in His beauty, His sufficiency, His strength, His limitless ability! Let who He is fill up all your inner space.

Make a lifestyle out of this. The more you forget yourself and get lost in His gaze, the more His power can surge through your everyday living!


What has Holy Spirit been showing you recently as you bask in His light?