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  • Allen Domelle

You’re Not a Savings Account




Hebrews 4:16

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

When I was a boy, my parents encouraged and allowed me to open a savings account to save money for later use. The purpose of that savings account was, in some ways, a very selfish purpose; the purpose was to use the money for myself. Now, there is nothing wrong with the savings account, but most people save money so they can use it for themselves at a later time.

God never meant for anything that He gives His children to go into a spiritual savings account; God intended for His children to be conduits to help others. The joy of the Christian walk is dependent on you being a conduit.

The verse above commands the believer to boldly enter the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Nowhere does this verse say that mercy and grace was to help your need. The phrase to help is talking about helping others. In other words, I am to go to God’s throne in prayer to obtain mercy and grace, not to help myself, but to help others in their time of need.

The good thing about this principle is that God helps your need as you help others. When you give mercy and grace to help others, you are the initial recipient of God’s mercy and grace; therefore, your need is met AS you help others. Your need for mercy and grace will never be met if you attempt to be a savings account; rather, your need is ONLY met when you choose to be God’s conduit to help others in their time of need.

God does not need to give you mercy and grace if you are not helping others. If you are a savings account, you already have what you need. God’s grace that He bestowed on us at salvation is great enough to help any need we have for the remainder of our lives. Therefore, the only way we can obtain more mercy and grace is to dispense from our savings account to help others in their time of need.

The great thing about being a conduit is that the mercy and grace you receive is always new. One reason people get disenchanted with the Christian walk is because they are living for themselves and never living to help others in their time of need. By living for yourself, the mercy and grace you received at salvation becomes stale to you. Is grace and mercy ever stale? No! However, because you are not receiving more mercy and grace, you get used to what God has given you and lose the excitement of your salvation.

The key to enjoying the Christian life is to be God’s conduit to help others in their time of need. When you see that God used you to help others, it makes the Christian life exciting because God poured His grace and mercy THROUGH you. As you are God’s conduit, you experience the freshness of God’s grace and mercy that excites your passion for Christ.

My friend, you can get as much mercy and grace as you dispense these to others. The answer to getting what you need from God is to be His conduit to help others in their time of need. You will find when you invest your life in others that God invests His power in you. If you need God’s grace for this day, the best way to get it is to find someone who is in need and do your best to meet their need. By helping others, you forget about your need, but God supplies it as you help others in their need.

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