Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one makes progress to the Father except by me.” (John 14: 6) And, for us to be successful we need to learn the sequence in which God’s grace works in our lives.
- Grace begins (always) with a call to repentance. What is repentance? It is the alignment of our life to God’s in Jesus Christ. It is experiencing the divine ‘with-ness’ of forgiveness and reconciliation through Jesus Christ that turns us from our own way into the way of God.
- Grace then requires we believe in the good news of Jesus and exchange the bias and blindness of sin for the truth of God’s Word.
- Grace then guides us to build up our faith: praying, listening, learning to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, the restoring of our souls, and in the reformation of our priorities and habits.
- Grace then calls us again to be a blessing and a witness of grace in the power of the Spirit.
- Grace then holds us accountable to bring life, making a difference by the urgent and passionate way we love and sacrifice ourselves for others.
- Grace will finally lead us to breakthrough where we move forward with the Lord into a new level of repentance and faith and…
Gary Keller and Jay Papasan in their book, One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, point to the power of following this kind of sequence. “Getting extraordinary results is all about creating a domino effect in your life. Toppling dominoes is pretty straightforward. You line them up and tip over the first one. In the real world, though, it’s a bit more complicated. The challenge is that life doesn’t line up everything for us and say, ‘Here’s where you should start’. Highly successful people know this. So every day they line up their priorities anew, find the lead domino, and whack away at it until it falls.
Why does this approach work? Because extraordinary success is sequential, not simultaneous. What starts out linear becomes geometric. You do the right thing and then you do the next right thing. Over time it adds up, and the geometric potential of success is unleashed. The domino effect applies to the big picture, like your work or business, and it applies to the smallest moment in each day when you’re trying to decide what to do next. Success builds on success, and as this happens, over and over, you move towards the highest success possible.” (p. 12)
Read the sequence God’s grace follows again. Align your priorities anew with the Lord. Find the one thing God wants for this moment and whack away until it reveals what’s next!