Space for Grace: Devotional

DEVOTIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 14–20

Date

What Space for Grace Means to Me

Reflection

Scripture

Monday, September 14

The Value of Eternity

I recently packed up all of my family's belongings into boxes as we prepared for our move to California and the First Pres community. As I packed up my home office, it struck me that a space which seemed so permanent, so tangible a part of my life could be pulled apart and boxed up in only a matter of minutes. I am reminded that the things of this world come and go, but the Truth of God stands forever- for all of eternity. When I contemplate this Truth, it compels me to invest my resources in a secure space: the Kingdom of our Loving Father. God's Kingdom cannot be torn down, packed up, and shipped out- and God's Word is one that stands firm forever.

—contributed by Mary Lins

1 Peter 1:24–25
24 For “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

Tuesday, September 15

Grace, Like Space, is Infinite

God has a funny economy. No matter how it doesn't make sense, my giving to God never seems to short me. Indeed, over the years I can't figure it out.

You can never out give God.

—contributed by Eric Rauscher

John 2:9–10
9 When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.”

Wednesday, September 16

The Witness of Grace

When shackled by debt, confined by circumstances, or walled in on all sides, can we, like Paul and Silas, focus on God in prayer and worship? Do we believe that when freedom comes from God, it has the power to free others? Do we believe in the witness of grace?

—contributed by Anita Ramlo

Acts 16:25–34
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. 27 When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted in a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” 29 The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them outside and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. 34 He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.

Thursday, September 17

An Uncommon Inheritance

How can I leave an inheritance without storing treasures on earth? I have come to reconcile these two seemingly contradictory verses by broadening my original understanding of “inheritance” to mean something more than a gift of monetary value. Greater than a financial inheritance is an inheritance of godly character, such as faith, hope, thankfulness, trust in the Lord in all circumstances, concern for the disadvantaged, open-handedness, and love. May the Lord guide my steps.

—contributed by Kristin Loo

Proverbs 13:22 ESV
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.

Matthew 6:19 a ESV 60:1
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth...

Friday,
September 18

Just What is Needed

God, grant me just what I need…

…in material things …in spiritual matters
…in relations with our neighbors
…in what hope promises
…in what faith endures
…for whom love is willing to sacrifice.

Nevertheless, not what I want, But what you desire.

—contributed by Lanny Vincent

Matthew 25:34–40
34 the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

Saturday, September 19

Called to be Grace-Givers

This is a season when we are talking and thinking about grace—seeing to it that no one misses God’s grace. This mandate in Peter’s letter was written to Christians during a difficult time. It is our mission to be grace-givers. Every church and every person has a gift to give. These gifts are received from God for the good of others. That’s what dispensing the grace of God means. We are blessed with gifts and are called to be grace-givers.

—contributed by Delianne Koops

1 Peter 4:10
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

Sunday, September 20

A Gift in Proportion

What is my gift in proportion to the way God has blessed me? This is a humbling question because I have been blessed in so many ways - from the gift of faith, good health, dear family and friends, a great job, secure home, enough money, and so on. How do I hear God's voice as I seek to give back to His Kingdom? Where do I begin to give a gift in proportion to what I have received from Him?

—contributed anonymously

Deuteronomy 16:16b–17
16b They shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed; 17 all shall give as they are able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God that he has given you.

 

Thank you for your prayers this week!

Look for more weekly devotions throughout the Space for Grace campaign, leading up to Commitment Sunday on October 11.