Community in Action June 20, 2020

Common Grace

    While reading my Coffee with Calvin devotional I read about Common Grace. In our theology there are two kinds of grace. There is common grace and special grace. Special grace is that which we receive when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. It is the grace that brings us salvation, both now and forever.

    Common grace is that which provides natural gifts to humans so they can develop and flourish even if they have not made a commitment to Jesus as the Christ. Those gifts include talents in the arts, sciences, the ability to govern civilly, and to live in harmony in society.

    According to Donald McKim, Calvin believed common grace originated from the Spirt of God so that human societies may function with good and important social purposes being carried out.

    Calvin’s followers can appreciate and participate in the arts, sciences, government, and causes that enhance human life. I would say that we not only can, but we need to participate. We need to be involved in our communities to help move our society toward a more peaceful and just society.

    Of course each of us have our own calling to fulfill, yet I think that calling includes sharing our gifts with our community of faith, but that calling includes sharing those gifts or others with the community in which we live.

    Jesus did not come to take us out of the world, but to function as followers of him within our world. Just as Jesus came into the world and dwelt or tented or as Eugene Peterson says in the Message translation of John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.”

    We need to appreciate the common grace God has given to the world around us, this keeps us humble, but we also need to exhibit the special grace he has given us to operate within in our world, now!

    I pray that we will all strive to be a follower who seeks, “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with (y)our God” (Micah 6:8).

    Seeking to appreciate the common grace found in others and live out the special grace given to me, with you.

    Pastor Randy

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