Words from the Heart for Tuesday June 16th, 2020
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.
Romans 12:6a (NIV)
According to the Grace
Canadian credit cards offer a grace period until the next payment date. But there is a catch. If you pay off your credit card charges by the payment date, no problem. You will not be charged any interest. But if you don’t make a payment by the payment date, or only pay a portion, you will be charged interest all the way back to the purchase transaction date for the entire balance – even if you make a partial payment! In this case, grace has a catch.
While the grace offered by credit card companies comes with strings attached, that is not the case with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And grace is at the heart of that Gospel. All that we need to enter into a relationship with God, all that we need to be forgiven and redeemed, all that we need to live a life that honours the Lord and brings Him pleasure, is offered by grace. Fully paid by Jesus on the cross, we receive it all by faith. This includes the gifts that God gives to His people for the benefit of the entire Church. Paul writes this in the first part of Romans 12:6: “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is that the Church is not a building, nor can it be thwarted by regulations preventing gatherings. The Church is the fellowship of the followers of Jesus. It was birthed by the Holy Spirit and is fueled by the Holy Spirit. He gives gifts to His people as He determines. They are given and empowered by grace. How are you using those gifts within His family?
These have been words from the heart.