I’m ba-ack! Thanks to those of you who sent emails wondering where I’d gotten to and fretting over the lack of bloggages. Life has kicked in once again, with work and friends, and strangers and coffee and dinners and in short… it’s great!
Here’s what God’s been immersing me in of late, this isn’t anything different to previous blogs, and I’m not sorry for repeating myself, I love this stuff! So, here it is:
“We are stewards of His grace”
Paul says it ever so sweetly (has Paul ever been described as ‘sweet’ before?) when he says:
“For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles— if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you…” (Ephesians 3:1-2, NKJV, emphasis mine)
The NKJV uses the word ‘dispensation’ (that’s for you Gi), but it can also be translated as ‘administration’ or ‘stewardship’, basically he gives us grace, not only for us, but for others, and we’re in charge of how that’s to be shared, given away, freely administered. Not held onto, stored up, stashed away and hidden from those around us, from those who don’t like us, from those who work against us, but poured out in abundance upon them, just as His grace is poured out on us! Lovely. And of course, there’s absolutely no reason not to give His grace away, to share it with others, because tomorrow, He’s going to pour out some more on you! His mercies are new every morning!
I’ve been listening to a stack of teaching lately that I’ve downloaded from the net, Dallas Willard and Todd Hunter speaking on the relationship of the Kingdom to the Church (loved it!), and Gayle Erwin of Servant Quarters teaching on the nature/character of Jesus. This is some of the best teaching on Jesus I think I’ve ever heard. Gayle teaches on The Jesus Style, which is really the way Jesus did life, and it is absolutely brilliant! It’s been a complete delight and pleasure, Gayle also being one of the funniest teachers I’ve heard.
If you’re interested in listening to these guys, links to them are the MP3 resources page of my website.
So, that’s it for tonight. Short and sweet. If you call yourself a follower of Jesus, then stop hogging his grace. Go be nice to someone who least expects it. Smile at them. Ask them how their day is going. Ask them how their family is. Find out what their interests are and become their friend. It’s really not that difficult. And it’s a whole lot of fun!