In Memory of Trophy of Grace
Well… today is the day.
One year ago today, our dear Trophy of Grace went Home to be with her Savior and Best Friend.
My memories of Lisa are beautiful ones. Laughter, tears, struggles, prayers, encouragement, hugs, talking… all the things that we enjoy as part of the body of Christ.
What stood out the most in Lisa’s life was her commitment to God. God was her constant Companion and Best Friend.
And that is what God is searching for right now. People who will have Him as their constant Companion.
For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. (2 Chronicles 16:9)
This is not about rules. This is about a relationship. One that starts with acknowledging that we are sinners and that we cannot save ourselves. Only Jesus, by dying on the cross and by His resurrection, can pay that price for our sin.
That’s what happened to our Lisa – she ran her life her way and ended up spending time in prison. That is where she found Him. God got her to that place where all she could see was His Hand reaching down to help her out of the hole she had jumped in to.
The next thing Lisa did was take time to get to know her God. You can’t marry someone and expect the relationship to grow without spending time with them. It’s the same way with God. Lisa spent every morning in prayer and in the study of His Word – the Bible. Sometimes, she would call her dear friends and discuss what she discovered. Her communications always included God.
Lisa worshiped her God. Her Savior was her everything, and He sought her out:
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. (John 4:23 emphasis mine)
I know Lisa struggled with rules, even after salvation. Those of us who have been at the lowest sometimes still operate under rules, “If I perform, my God will love me and use me.”
But that is wrong. We talked of it often, laughed, and then corrected our thinking.
God has told us that we are:
accepted (Romans 15:7, Ephesians 1:6)
set apart for His use (1 Corinthians 1:2)
new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17)
saints (1 Corinthians 1:2, Ephesians 1:1, Philippians 1:1, Colossians 1:2)
chosen, holy and blameless before God (Ephesians 1:4)
righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24)
chosen of God, holy, and dearly loved (Colossians 3:12)
You should repeat that on a daily basis. Word for word, slowing down to savor each description of who you are:
accepted – I am accepted
set apart – God has set me apart for His use
new creation – the old is gone, I now have a new heart and I’m a new creation
saints – I am a saint in God’s eyes
blameless – God chose me! He sees me as completely holy AND blameless
righteous – my sins – past, present and future – have all been forgiven and forgotten
dearly loved – my God dearly loves me
I didn’t see any conditions attached to those adjectives. It was through the work done on the Cross and through Christ’s resurrection that we are these things.
Even in our weaknesses, God still sees us through the lens of Jesus Christ.
Our life is all about God and His Work. When you spend time in worship, prayer and Bible study, pouring your heart out to your God, you will live a life like Lisa did. In close fellowship with God, testifying of His miracles, and seeing many people’s lives changed because of your witness of Him.
God was everything for Lisa. Her life was measured and studied through God’s eyes. Jesus was Lisa’s constant Companion and Confidante.
As a result, her life was filled with fruit for the Lord – all for His Glory.
I am sure that my Jesus told Lisa last year, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
You are in our hearts today, Lisa. We do miss you and think of you often. We are sad because we are not with you and we miss our walk on this earth with you. But very happy because we will meet again and spend time laughing and talking with you. What a joyous reunion that will be!
Looking forward to that reunion…
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