In the classic fairy tale “Cinderella”, a woman goes from a lowly servant who sleeps in the fireplace to a queen who receives the fullness of a new kingdom. A simple story, yet so powerful when we realize what the girl is pulled out of and where she is now seated. Cinderella did not do anything to receive the palace and wealth, she was simply herself and that was more than enough for the prince who could look past her exterior and see who she was meant to be.
When I think of the words that we are saved by grace through faith, I realize there are two parts to this. We are saved solely by the grace of God, but it requires our faith to receive that. What if Cinderella spent every morning waking up and telling the prince she did not believe she was where she was, and that she did not deserve to be a queen? What if she continued to sneak out at night and sleep in the fireplace despite her new place with her prince? Faith is simply believing and receiving. Faith leans on knowing that Christ is really that good; that He would travel from Heaven to Earth to redeem us and prepare a Kingdom for us. It does not rest on ourselves, but that our King would see past our dirt and smudges from the fireplaces in our lives, and see us for how He originally created us to be—fearfully and wonderfully made.
Are you receiving this new wealth, or do you continue to sleep in the fireplace claiming that as your portion?