“Not what you do for God but what God does for you—that’s the agenda for rejoicing.” Luke 10:20
I understand the concept of good works and how it won’t get anyone into heaven. This gift is the grace of God. However, there is something about getting something for nothing that doesn’t set well with me. It’s like when a dinner party host greets me at the door and I have empty hands–no entrance fee.
Jesus taught his disciples about grace through his actions. He didn’t just bring a bottle of wine to a wedding, he took jugs of water and turned them into the best wine served that day.
I learned the art of giving from my mother. Even at age 93, she rarely leaves to visit someone without a Tupperware container filled with her famous kringla (a Norwegian pastry; see “The Kringla Baker” on Youtube for the recipe). Mother never expects the container to be refilled upon leaving, but when we were kids visiting Grandma Twedt, we never passed up the offer for leftover homemade chocolate cake with fudge icing.
Dear Lord, I feel blessed that you expect nothing from me, except for my love and adoration. Amen.