Sunday, August 28, 2016
Thoughts from the Pastor …
There are such beautiful and rich words in the Christian vocabulary. These words are not only given to stimulate our thoughts but to move into our hearts. Think of the beautiful words we can use such as light and love and life. But the word grace is by far the most meaningful of them all and it sets our heart to song.
. . . and so the story of the prodigal son come to such a strange ending. The one son who was bad is saved and the elder son becomes lost. And the difference in this story can be summed up in one word “grace”. The bad son was humble enough to accept such grace and the elder son was too proud to receive it.
Such is the world we live in today – a world tempted by legalism. One of the most imperative tasks we will ever do is to keep ourselves from slipping into this mindset.
Each one of us need to ask, “what makes this so appealing to some many?” It only makes us hard, proud, and judgmental and literally dries up any compassion we might have. This has the ability to enslave our thinking and will eventually (if never checked and released) destroy us.
My friends . . . there is only one answer to legalism and that is grace. Jesus knew this and ministered to those around Him in it. The apostle Paul found out such grace and shares that with us in his many letters . . . and every generation has to learn how to find that answer again and again.
Grace . . . it can and will be such a wonderful and surprising thing . . . seek it while it may be found!