Tuesday, September 02, 2014

What difference does it make?

What difference does prevenient grace make in our lives?  What difference does it make that God pursues us - that God prepares the way for us?

In our lives we are used to the idea that we make our own way.  We might prepare ourselves for a task by doing some research or even seeking training to be more prepared.  We make reservations at hotels before we travel and sometimes before we go out to eat, all in preparation for our arrival.

What does it mean that God prepares us and prepares the way?

God knows us before we know God.  We don't have to find God; God finds us.  We come to know God because God opens the eyes of our lives and builds our faith.  Without prevenient grace, we would not have faith in God.

The Mayor of Huntington has asked community churches to join together in prayer next Sunday, seeking solutions from God for our city's drug problems.  I went to the early service at a different church this past Sunday, and the pastor preached about prayer - what it is and what we are doing when we pray.  And then he asked the congregation to be in prayer during the week in preparation for worship and and prayer next Sunday.  God will prepare the members of the congregation so that they are ready to pray.

That's grace, and it makes a world of difference.

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