The best things in life are given freely. Agree?
A hug. A smile. An unexpected gift. Love. Grace?
God gives grace freely to the undeserved. To us. When we accept this grace we change. It's not immediate, or sudden. It's gradual. If God, the Ruler of the Universe, the King of Kings, can be so generous to give us his abundance, how can it not rub off on us to do the same. Little by little, grace flows from us. In what we say, what we do, how we react. Grace comes through us in how we treat others. Grace doesn't make us perfect. We still fall short in perfection. We will still blunder our way through life. Grace gives us a foundation, something to build on day by day. I can't imagine anyone becoming a poorer version of themselves after knowing, and accepting, the peace of God's grace.
When Jesus walked the earth, he did it with grace. He spoke to the unloved, underserved, undesirable people. He did it with patience and love. Do we do that with our neighbors, strangers, the lost? I know that I need to reach out more to those around me. Do you? It shouldn't be a scary thing to share a part of ourselves with others. Why is it? Is it because today's climate is so sensitive that we dare not let any one know who we are? Jesus gave everything so that we could be free from the penalty of sin. What would we give to share Jesus with others? Time? A meal? A card? An unexpected gift? A handshake or a hug?
John 1:14 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among
us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son,
who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
We had the honor of meeting a man name Greg Finke when he came to our church to share how we could join Jesus on His mission. What is the mission? My belief is that we are to help spread the grace of God by being graceful people to everyone we meet. By sharing the best parts of ourselves, by getting to know our neighbors and others, we are sharing that grace that is growing within us. If we can show that we are regular, everyday people who love Jesus, just by how we treat others, what could be so bad? God will take care of the rest. If you are familiar with the size of a mustard seed, you know that it is very tiny. God can work with that much faith! It can be nurtured and cared for, and grown. And then cool things begin to happen in our neighborhoods! ( Learn more about Joining Jesus on His Mission )
Mark 4:30-32 30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom
of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain
of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the
smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown
it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants
and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air
can make nests in its shade.”
If you have faith the size of a mustard seed I welcome you with open arms and love. Jesus will help you grow that seed.
Can I challenge you to share yourself gracefully with at least one new person in your life this week?
Dear Lord, thank you for generously giving us your grace when we don't deserve it. Without you we are empty. I ask that you surround us as we share ourselves gracefully with others so that they will come to know you the way we do. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Until we meet again......