Choosing the Life That is Truly Life
November 10 – Choosing Grace
Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that the believer would stake his life on it a thousand times. — Martin Luther
Christian stewardship is rooted in grace. Last All Saints Sunday we gave thanks for those saints whose confidence in the grace of God continues to inspire and encourage us.
Christian stewardship is rooted in grace. Our identity as God’s children has nothing to do with what we do or what we possess. As Luther would say, God has chosen us and provided for us “out of pure, fatherly, and divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness” in us. We don’t need to prove our worthiness to God. We are loved just exactly as we are. That is grace.
We often forget that grace. We behave as though our value and worth is based on what we do or possess. This makes it difficult for us to live freely and joyously. We grasp at success. We fear letting go of our possessions. The opinion of others becomes the measure of our worthiness rather than our intrinsic beauty as the people of God. We are driven by fear rathr than faith.
As we continue our reflections on Christian stewardship during the month of November let us be mindful that it starts with grace. God’s grace surrounds us. We can choose to ignore this grace and live driven by fear and scarcity. Or, we can choose to live into this grace and experience the joy and abundance that comes from God. We can freely receive and we can freely give.
Let us choose the life that is truly life. Let us choose grace.
Stories of Faith in Action
Have you ever wondered about how other congregations in our Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are engaging in mission? Here is a link to a video about St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jacksville, FL, and its work celebrating LGBTQIA+ people and their families.