My friend, may I ask you a question? Life is full of daily hardships, but of this we can be assured; it will all seem worth it someday when we hear these words from our Heavenly Father’s lips: “Thank you beloved.” Perhaps these are the most comforting words this side of Heaven?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Years ago my daughter’s car broke down. It seemed that the alternator was faulty and it wasn’t recharging her battery adequately. She didn’t have the money to have it serviced so I volunteered to do the work for her. I had a busy schedule that night and it was cold and windy outside. Deep down I really wasn’t looking forward to standing out in the cold and damp driveway working on her engine. When I came into the house later and announced that I had at least fixed the problem on a temporary basis, she looked up from her computer screen and uttered three of the most comforting words this side of heaven: “Thanks much Daddy!” I didn’t expect them; but was sure glad I got them.
Ultimately, graceful giving, without the prospect of getting, is what a Christian’s life is all about.
Here’s a story: Years ago a seminary class was anticipating a difficult final exam. The professor instructed his class to leave their tests face down on their desks until he told them to begin. When each student turned them over, however, every answer on the test was filled in! The bottom of the last page said the following: “This is the end of the Final Exam. All the answers on your test are correct. You will receive an A on the final exam. The reason you passed the test is because the creator of the test took it for you. All the work you did in preparation for this test did not help you get the A. You have just experienced grace.” (Author Unknown.)
Many of those students probably had to fight back tears when thinking about how their dear professor had passed the test for them. But, the lesson was this: Grace is all about giving without the prospect of getting in return. No amount of hard work can merit it. As it is provided freely, so we are to provide it to others. As others receive our grace, they will give it to others!” Grace giving is a Christian’s most important ministry here on earth. There is nothing we can do in this life that affects others more. There is probably nothing else that benefits us less. Often our reward is little or none. But of this we can be assured; it will all seem worth it someday when we hear these words from our Heavenly Father’s lips: “Thank you beloved”; the three most comforting words THAT side of Heaven.
We pray. “As we begin or end our work this day, may we reflect back in awe as we contemplate the free grace that You, our Heavenly Father, have poured down upon us this day. We are sheltered, fed, warm and loved. Deserving none, we have them all. Meriting nothing, we have the prize. Often life is difficult Father and we slump down and wonder if it is all worth it? Then Your gentle and reassuring hand touches our spirit with Yours and we are lifted up. Is there anything more uplifting than Your free grace? Forgive us Father when we forget even for a moment that You are always there, always listening, watching and fulfilling Your ordained plan for our lives. You do it with Your grace, Your amazing grace. In Jesus Name! Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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