MANY HARD-WORKING PEOPLE have a difficult time receiving gifts; they find it easier to be on the giving side. Jesus, however, demonstrated the grace to receive. When the woman came with oil for anointing, he accepted her blessing. When the child came with bread to share, he welcomed the gift and multiplied it. When he saw Zacchaeus in the tree, he didn’t wait for an invitation but told him to “hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today” (Luke 19:5). …
However reluctantly we finally receive God’s gift of acceptance, God patiently welcomes us into loving embrace. The prodigal son didn’t get a long to-do list when he came back to his father’s house (Luke 15); Jesus, after his baptism, didn’t get a list of strategies to wipe out evil. Acceptance ushers in a God-given identity, and God’s Spirit guides the coming encounters. It’s an exciting way to live!
- Trevor Hudson and Jerry P. Haas
The Cycle of Grace
From page 21 of The Cycle of Grace: Living in Sacred Balance by Trevor Hudson and Jerry P. Haas. Copyright © 2012 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Psalm 99:1, NRSV
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