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Grasping God’s Grace – Bow-wow

Man Feeding DogKey Bible Verse:  How kind the Lord is! So merciful, this God of ours!  Psalm 116:5

Bonus Reading:  Psalm 116:8, 12-13

We used to have two dogs.  They belonged to my son, but when he wasn’t home, I took care of them.

These dogs had a good life.  They found food sitting on their plates, got fresh water every day, and had a warm spot to sleep.

One day I was trying to get one of the dogs to move while I fed it, and it growled at me.  I looked at that brother and thought, You’re a fool. I’m here feeding and watering you at no cost to you.  I don’t want to do it, don’t need to do it, don’t feel like doing it.  And you’re growling at me?

That dog didn’t understand that he ate, drank, and had a place to sleep by grace.  The only thing that dog should have said to me when I came out was, “Thank you, bow-wow,” because everything he had was by grace.

When you decide to live by a kingdom agenda, you no longer say, “This is my food, and you’d better give it to me, God.  You’d better supply my drink and keep clothes on my back.  This is my house, and you’d better keep it paid for.”

The only thing you say when you get up in the morning is, “Thank you, God, bow-wow.”

—Tony Evans in The Kingdom Agenda: What a Way to Live!

 

My Response:  Do my expectations of God reveal a taking for granted of his amazing grace?

 

Thought to Apply: Thou hast given so much to me, give me one thing more—a grateful heart … whose pulse may be thy praise. —George Herbert (English pastor & poet)

Adapted from The Kingdom Agenda: What a Way to Live! (Word, 1997)

 

 

Prayer for the Week:  I’m blown away, Lord, by your gift of salvation, which I could neither earn nor repay.  I’ll be forever grateful.

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