How does God continue to love us and pour out his grace for us? I am sitting in my office right now and there have been 2 people coming by and asking for money. I know both of them. They are both habitual visitors to our benevolence fund. They are also the type of people that it is hard to help.They aren’t people who just got down on their luck this month. They are people who try to work the system and spend their money on junk while coming to us to pay their light bill. We also suspect that one of them tried to doctor their light bill check and cash it at Win-Dixie. These are people who are not easy to help.

I look at them, and I don’t really know how to help them. Money isn’t going to do much good, but I don’t have the time, or don’t want to take the time to help them in any real way. On top of that, whenever I do help I feel like they are taking advantage of me, like they feel like they have pulled one over on me.

So I was sitting here thinking about these guys and trying to get my head back focused on my work and I began to think about how God must feel sometimes. I really do squander the things he has given me. How much junk do I own that I don’t need, and yet I am asking for money to get a new computer. How many times have I used my talents for my own gain, and yet I continually ask him to bless what I am doing and help me. How in the world does He keep giving? Why doesn’t He get tired of it like I am? How can I, as sinfu las I am, ever receive something wonderful from God? But somehow I do. Somehow and for some reason, God looks past all of the times I have used Him, ignored Him, misused what He has offered and still pours out Grace to me. It really is Amazing, Scandalous, Wonderful, Incomprehensible, Beautiful, Beyond Reason, Magnificent, Can’t be earned, Splendid, Unfair, Perfect, Marvelous Grace. I don’tunderstand it, but I am so glad it is true.

2 thoughts on “Grace

  • November 16, 2005 at 4:00 PM

    God’s concern for the poor is prominent throughout the Bible, as plain as can be. I think you’ve beautifully illustrated one of the reasons why: our ministry to the poor brings us face to face with the reality of His love being played out in the world, through us. Those two ideas are crucial to living in God-time: His love/through us. This requires, of course, that we live not just in harmony with Him, but in Him.

    Oh yeah, a ministry to the poor. It takes you places.

  • November 16, 2005 at 10:19 PM

    Your work with the poor humbles me. There is a cry in my heart to reach out, but a cry in my head to not get involved. I am amazed at people who are willing to give themselves to others in this way.


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