Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Passage: Acts 20:32
This past week a man stopped by the office. He wondered if we could possibly help with a situation that had come to his attention: some tenants were in a difficult spot as their rent had come due and they weren’t able to pay it. Losing a place to stay was hours away.
The good news: he came to the right place. Through periodic donations to the pastor’s discretionary fund, resources were available to care for this need. We hadn’t had a request for quite some time. That gave us the ability to deal with several needs all at once.
In the 20th chapter of Acts, we find Paul offering some final words to the leaders of the church in Ephesus. In such moments, paying close attention to what is spoken is a good idea because it tends to carry some weight. Paul’s last words? “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up…”
To more clearly define what “the word of his grace” points to, he then proceeds to give them perhaps the best example “…we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive,”
Even as you personally have received a large measure of God’s unmerited grace, reflect on this today: what percentage of your waking hours are committed to extending that unmerited grace to others? Helping the weak? Finding greater blessing in giving than receiving? As you continue your Lenten journey, consider the unmerited love you’ve been blessed with and how you daily might best share that with others.
Prayer: Loving God, forgive us for those times we cling to what we’ve been given, and lead us to humbly serve all. Amen