Community in Action "Grace" April 15, 2020

Community in Action

I think the most well known and the greatest concept for our faith is the “G” called “Grace.” Grace is defined as unmerited favor. A favorite acronym is, “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.” Grace is different from Mercy in that I see Grace as a gift from, God’s initiation of unmerited favor towards us, where as Mercy is that which we are given when we are judged by God.

    Grace is the pinnacle and the fulcrum of our faith. Grace it the highest example we can show others of what it means to be a Christian and it is the foundation on which all of our life is balanced between our faithlessness and our faithfulness.

    We can, and do, accomplish great things. We can shine with God’s love and compassion in a world which desperately needs it, but our failure to be consistent and persistent can easily over shadow all the good we do. It is because of Grace that God will use what paltry attempts we make at living out our calling and the shine will come through the tarnish vessel or the cracked pot we make of our lives.

    This is a different take on who we are and why we are here than the world’s view of our unlimited potential, our grandest accomplishments, or our magnificent legacy we leave behind.     The point I am trying to make is not that we don’t have something to offer or that we are not good enough to be loved or that we are not an essential part of this creation. No, what I am saying is that it is through God’s grace that we can do all these amazing things. God gives us the gifts, talents, and potential. God is the one who can shape who we are and what we do into something that will benefit, not only ourselves, but the entire world, maybe even the universe.

    It is God how knows what is best for the long haul, not just for the short term, so it is God who can use who we are and what we have to make this place into a creation worthy of God’s name. It is all because of Grace.

    I am so thankful I can be part of this world, but I know it is God who orchestrates all that which is good, James 1:17.

    You are God’s gift to the world, let God’s grace make you the gem you are called to be.

    Blessings,

    Pastor Randy

 
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