Sunday, June 29, 2014
OUR NET WORTH
Crumpled Lincoln, Jamestown, NC
This morning’s message by pastor Jim was that “If your past is calling, don’t bother to answer. It has nothing new to say”! I thought this was nicely illustrated by holding up a crisp $5.00 bill and asking for a show of hands by everyone who would like to have it. Most everybody responded. After all, who can resist found money? But then, the bill was wadded up and wrinkled almost beyond recognition. Again the offer was extended and most everyone responded. Then the bill was dropped to the floor and ground under foot with the same result.
The point was driven home that no matter how much the bill had been abused and disfigured, it still kept its value. And that is the point when it comes to our relationship with God. Jesus illustrated the concept in his parable of the prodigal son who squanders his youth and fortune, but is welcomed back into his father’s arms when he repents and seeks a new life. It validates my favorite definition of grace--there’s nothing we can do to make God love us more and nothing we can do to make God love us less to receive His priceless gift of grace and unconditional love.