Unnoticed Grace

Here we are, on the cusp of Fall. As I write this, it’s a beautiful day outside, a pleasant 82 degrees… and that alone shows me how much it is possible to adjust to one’s surroundings. If you’d told me three years ago that I’d consider 82 degrees a pleasant day, I’d have thought you were crazy. You see, when we lived on the West side of the state, a day in the high 70’s was a WARM day… and anything above 80 was a reason to find a location with air conditioning.
Now? It’s merely a pleasant day. It’s amazing what you get used to when it’s around you all the time.
That makes me think about God’s grace. To those of us who live in God’s grace all the time, it can be unremarkable. It’s *normal* to be able to breathe a sigh of relief when thinking about our spiriutal state… because God’s grace covers us. We don’t have to work our way into the Kingdom, or try to earn God’s favor. We understand that earning God’s favor is IMPOSSIBLE – God, after all, is infinite. The love of the Lord for humanity is without limit – and can’t be bought or earned in any way by us. It’s all God’s choice to rescue us.
But we don’t think about that much, because it’s NORMAL for us. We take it for granted because that’s exactly what it is: granted to us, by an act of God’s will.
But what about those who don’t know? There are so many people in our community who don’t really understand the concept of God’s grace, because they’ve never really seen it in action on a regular basis. Personally, I know my family didn’t comprehend grace; there was a much higher emphasis on performance. I see a lot of that in our town – a high emphasis on what one is able to produce. That makes sense in an agricultural community… but it’s terrible when applied to theology.
We, as God’s people who live and move and have our being in the grace of God, need to extend that grace to others who have not yet understood it. “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” (Hebrews 12:15). We can extend God’s Kingdom by spreading the message of God’s grace by whatever means are at our disposal. We even have the opportunity to broadcast our services on local television at no charge… all as a way of sharing God’s grace to those who do not yet live in it.
Please pray with me so that others would see Jesus in us; ” in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:7)
KFJ – Pastor Ed

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