Good Morning

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Good Morning
Attending a recent conference in St. Paul Minnesota my wife had to use a wheel chair because of a bad knee. The conference was on a college campus where the distance between the lodging and meeting rooms proved to be quite a walk for pushing a wheel chair. After the first day one of the attendees handed me the key to his very nice SUV. He said, “Here, this is yours for the rest of the week.” It was a very gracious act and most appreciated. But it also helped me think about gracious acts. We didn’t do anything to earn the use of the car. There was nothing naturally worthy in us that merited the car. All we had was a need, and he graciously met that need. Isn’t that our position with our Lord? There is nothing naturally worthy in us to merit God’s favor. We can never do enough to earn His grace. All we have before our Lord is our need. He graciously meets our need in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. But there is yet another aspect that comes to light here. We need to be willing to humbly accept such an act of grace with thanksgiving. Too often we want to immediately give something back so that we can feel like we’ve done something for it, or are not in debt to the giver. But we are in debt to our Lord, a debt that we can never repay. We can only say a humble thanks, and seek to share the grace we’ve receive with another in need.

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