April 2015 Good $ense Newsletter: Grace for the journey
Recently while driving I looked up in my rear view mirror and my heart sank as I saw the flashing lights of a police car coming up behind me. Realizing I had forgotten to set my cruise control, I glanced at my speedometer and found that I was ten miles over the speed limit. Knowing that I was caught red-handed I turned on my blinker, started to slow, and pulled over….ready to accept the consequences of my actions. But then the police car went around me and raced off to some other important business! I was so relieved and thankful I started singing with the radio enjoying a full heart of gratitude. What an amazing feeling to receive something you didn’t deserve…as a free gift.
Ephesians 2:8-9 is one of my favorite passages: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (NASB) God offers us a grace-filled path in all areas of life – including finances, where he graciously provides for our needs and graciously forgives us when we fall short of good stewardship. As we travel the path of stewardship and as we lead others down that path, our journey must be one of both truth and grace – telling the truth to God, to ourselves, and to those we lead, and receiving and extending God’s grace along the way.
I love the old Sunday School acrostic G.R.A.C.E. (God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense). Knowing that there is nothing we have done to deserve his good favor and that conversely He has given so much to and for us it makes me personally more thankful and resolute in pursuing ever increasing clarity and Kingdom impact with my own finances.
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President, Good Sense Movement
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