I feel so good when I think about all that God has done for me. I think about it often. Having received something so precious as grace (and understanding it), I can’t help but be moved with compassion to help others.
If we looked at Christianity from a vocational perspective, it would fall under the category of “helping professions”. We have been called to be servants fit for the Master’s use. I don’t think we all see that as our mission. Furthermore, I don’t think we generally look at ourselves as missionaries. There are too many differing views about our purpose.
It is clear to me that God’s grace was given to me that I may make a difference in this world. How big of a difference? That depends on my gifts and how I use them. My motivation? It’s not because the recipients deserve my grace, but because of how freely I accepted God’s grace. In my most difficult times, He reached out and touched me and I can’t help but want to reach out and touch someone else. As a therapist I have heard many, many sad stories and in my lifetime I need not complain. I now know first hand that there is always somebody going through something worse.
Here’s my point: The ability to give is a gift. We were not born giving, in fact it was more the opposite. Giving is a learned behavior and there are some people who are really good at it. There are others who need to learn more about it and then there are those who could care less. God gave us a choice to decide who we would be. I know to some it doesn’t seem like a huge deal to have driven an elderly person to the doctor or paid a bill for someone or even spent personal time in a nursing home. What if just those people with twitter accounts reached out to someone — not for selfish reasons (telling someone off, borrowing money, etc.), but to extend grace? Can you just imagine unconditionally helping someone as a way to tell God thanks? He can.
2 Replies to “His Grace reaches me, but who does my grace reach?”
Gosh! Just happen to be catching up on email vs. doing some other things I need to be doing and found your msg very timely! We have been praying daily that God will continue to bless us to be a blessing to others! The words were coming out of our mouths on a frequent basis; however, I don’t know if we really contemplated what they really meant. Sure we give to local charities and donate to world situations; however, did we really mean “be a blessing to others?” Recently, we were asked to take in a 16 year old girl, not a relative but a dear friend who is in need of a helping hand!
I’ve come to realize that when we ask for God for things it might not come in a perfect wrapped gift that is easy for us to deal with! We are praying that God will direct our hearts to take in this hurting child and show her mercy…keep us in your prayers 🙂
Thanks for sharing! I will definitely keep you guys in my prayers. Your thoughts echo my sentiments exactly. It would do well for all of us to take a gut check and examine our ministries. We were not all called to “save the world”. Our elder brother did that already. 🙂 We just need to cover our scope of influence. Please continue to pray for me as well my friend.
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