I have been slow to update anything here and for that I apologize. I guess vacation really threw me off my blogging routine. Let’s see what we can do to change my past habits.
In any case (enough with the excuses)…I am preaching my way through the Acts texts this month. After Easter the first lesson is from the books of Acts so I thought I would spend some time here with my congregations. So far it has been a fun journey. Yesterday (May 10) the text was from Act 8; Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch. After Philip spends some time sharing the Gospel, the Eunuch sees some water and asks “What is to prevent me from being baptized?”
What a great question…
…but I phrased the question like this yesterday, “What is to prevent me from receiving the grace of God?“ Ultimately…I believe this is what the Eunuch was really asking. So I turned the question and threw it back at the congregation and asked them: is there anything that can prevent us from receiving the grace of God? Can sin do it? Can our dark past or embarrassing secrets do it? Can hardship? Well…the (very) short answer is…NO! Nothing can prevent us from receiving the grace of God. We may be able to turn our backs on God, but God is not going to stop giving us His grace.
The Ethiopian Eunuch is so overjoyed and blown away by this amazing grace that he returns home praising God. How could he possibly keep this to himself? This was indeed amazing grace. But…is it really amazing grace for us…right now?
I believe the problem with the church today is that we have taken grace for granted. We are so used to hearing about grace. We are comforted by songs like “Amazing Grace how Sweet the Sound”. We discuss grace as a good Bible study topic. But how often do we really contemplate God’s grace…for us…right now. I mean think about it…each breath we take is an example of God’s grace. Each time we wake up in the morning we experience God’s grace. The birth of a brand new baby is an experience of God’s grace. And…coming up to the table to receive the body and blood of Jesus is an experience of grace. But yet we take this for granted. We should be going through our days overjoyed with what God has done for us.
Nothing can prevent us from receiving the grace of God. Period. Don’t take it for granted, rather, praise God always and forever…so much so that people think that you are on something.
God’s grace is indeed amazing…what a sweet, sweet sound.
P.S. Next Sunday (May 17) is Acts 10…Peter and Cornelius. I will have some thoughts on this text coming up later.