Let’s Say Grace

When my wife Kristi and I were first starting out in ministry we were dirt poor. We barely had enough to pay our bills, but we managed to scrimp by, used coupons, bought the cheapest brands of food and clothes, and thankful for in-laws that kept a nice flow of new clothes for our growing kids. It was tight, but we really didn’t think that much about it knowing God knows our needs and our job was to live within what He provided.

However, there was a time when some unexpected expenses came up and though we paid all our bills, we had no money to purchase food for our family. I remember sitting around our kitchen table looking at all our furniture that God had provided through gifts and looked at Kristi and said let’s pray. We asked God to help us know what to do; sell our car, get an additional job, wisdom to handle the situation. We did not share this with anyone and with all kinds of ideas floating around in our heads we went to bed.

The next day I went to work, still thinking about what to do, and yet excited about the day of ministry. I opened my office door and there was something different about my office; you know that feeling that something was not the way you left it (and by the way being a youth pastor I was accustom to students doing crazy things to my office, like the time they filled my office with cups all taped together and every other one was filled with water…that was fun to clean up!!). Anyway, I knew something was different and as I flipped on the light five fully packed paper bags came into focus on my desk. They were filled with groceries!! Stuffed full of some basics but also stuff we would never buy; brand named cereals, snacks, cookies and loads of our favorites. I called Kristi and we just wept over the phone. We did not deserve this nor did we earn it…it was a grace gift from God through one of His servants (we still have never figured out who, for we never told anyone).

God does stuff like that! He lavishes blessings on us that we do not earn nor do we deserve. Look at what that Bible says God has blessed us with:

Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

God does know our needs, He is never surprised at our need and because of His great grace will meet those needs.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

God has not nor will He abandon us. His grace and love have secured us belonging.

Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

God’s loving kindness and grace assures us that God will continually coach and train us because He knows our potential, for He created us.

2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

God’s grace, this unmerited favor, this unearned blessing, this generous gift is available to any and all who would receive it. The question is will you? And will you continue to embrace the love and grace of God.

Nothing else in life offers grace like God does; not our jobs, not our classes, not our relationships, not our hobbies, not our interests, not our sports or sports team, not our nationality, not our government, not our families, not our marriages (though out of all the areas of life our marriages should reflect that grace, that unconditional love describes in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8).

Why not respond and receive the grace of God…it is way beyond what we can even imagine.

Responding and Receiving the Great Grace of God with you,

Mike

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