Since we are now in the Lenten series at Nativity focusing on grace I thought I would reflect on the connection between grace and Missions.
Grace: what an amazing gift God has given each of us, love beyond our comprehension. God does not love us because we are good, rather God loves us because He is good. God's grace does not depend on our efforts or works, it totally depends upon God.
Missions is not our opportunity to earn grace since it can’t be earned. Grace is an undeserved free gift, undeserved favor, and undeserved love.
Missions is our opportunity to open ourselves up to God’s grace. Trust in him and then share that love with others who the Lord has also given his grace. In Missions, we want to help up those brothers and sisters in grace as we would our own family. It is our opportunity to follow what the Lord instructed over and over...
- "If you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday." Isaiah 58:10
- "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in." Matthew 25:35
- "If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3:17-18