Prayer: Let your Word speak to our hearts, O God. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
No strings attached
29 for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
Our devotion writer writes; “Grace is really difficult.” I can identify with that. It is, on the surface, an easy concept, but it is very hard to accept, not to mention understand. Our devotion writer again; “Grace means that God gives us forgiveness of sins and life itself as a free gift, no strings attached. There are no requirements on our behalf. Worship or not; pray or not; give thanks or not; love our neighbors as ourselves or not—we still receive God’s gift and God’s calling. ‘The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.’”
Don’t we have to believe and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior?
Do we think of God as a sort of almighty Santa Claus? One who keeps lists of who is “naughty or nice?” Well that is not God. He doesn’t bless us based upon what we do. Our devotion writer again; “God gives because God chooses to give…We are programmed to believe that we have to earn things, and that we get what we deserve.” No free lunches for us.
Our devotion writer proclaims; “Yes, there is a ‘free lunch’ in Jesus Christ. And a free breakfast and dinner, too. Enjoy!”
Prayer: “Generous God, thank you for the gifts you give each day, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Israel’s Rejection Is Not Final
11 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.
29 for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. 32 For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.