Monday, March 5, 2012

steve on grace

Today's post is from Steve Seipp. Steve is on the Missions Leadership Team, has organized huge Missions events at Nativity such as ServeFest, 40 Days of Service, countless short-term trips to Mississippi, and continues to stay involved in a big way casting vision and helping to get others involved with Missions. As always, I invite you to keep the conversation going on the blog by commenting -- just click 'comments' at the bottom of the post.

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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 
Our work in Missions is our way to thank the Lord our God for his unbelievable gift of grace and salvation through Jesus' death and resurrection. By following his instruction and humbly serving others freely, openly and without expecting anything in return, we live grateful lives that honor God and get the amazing opportunity to invite others to experience the grace of God as well.

2 comments:

  1. Steve - great points! Although there are many people doing good things in the world, I think that doing good things in response to God's grace is what has lasting impact. Any good work is done through his power, not our own.

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  2. I agree Ellen. To be honest, it's in my nature to serve to earn something in return. What a shift to understand that God gives us grace as a free gift, and our only job is to receive it. Then, out of gratitude, to serve others. It seems so backwards! What an awesome God we have who pours out undeserved blessings upon us -- I can't wait to experience what it really means to know that "his grace is enough."

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