No expiration date

I don’t care about my own life. The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me—to tell people the Good News about God’s grace. (Acts 20:24)

On occasion I am asked why I write this blog and I have to answer pretty much the way the Apostle Paul did in this passage. I want to tell people everywhere about the grace of God - in my life, available for theirs, and thriving in spite of all the evil around us. Do I always exhibit this grace in my life? No, I am far from perfect and don't always have the greatest of consistency in my walk. Do I desire my testimony of God's grace to be rock solid? You betcha! Do I know his grace is renewed each and every day? Most certainly - for me AND for you!

Now I am putting you in the care of God and the message about his grace. It is able to give you strength, and it will give you the blessings God has for all his holy people. (Acts 20:32) We all mess up from time to time - some of us more frequently than others. This is all we can do sometimes - putting each other in the care of God and trusting that the message of his grace will do what needs to be done. Does this mean we don't want to help someone out of their muddle? No, it means we know who can undo the muddle the best!

I came across this little thought today and wanted to share it with you: "My trust in God flows out of the experience of his loving me, day in and day out, whether the day is stormy or fair, whether I'm sick or in good health, whether I'm in a state of grace or disgrace. He comes to me where I live and loves me as I am." (Brennan Manning) If you don't hear the truth in this statement, read it again. Day in and day out - trust in God. Where you live - he loves you as you are. That may seem like an impossibility when we stand in the midst of our muddle and in such desperate need of his grace to wash us clean once again, but it is never truer than we recognize our need.

Grace isn't God loving us because of who we should be, but because of who we are. We are his creation - his beloved children. As such, he loves us into grace and then he takes us from grace to grace until we are filled to overflowing with that grace. Grace never 'expires' - it keeps on keeping on until all who need it have received it in abundance. Just sayin!


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