Rich in Mercy
I don’t like the term “non-Christian.” It not so subtly implies a “you’re out and we’re in” sort of thinking. The prefix sounds antagonistic, as if a person who doesn’t know Jesus is somehow “anti-Christian.” I like the label “seeker,” which my church has used for years.
And yet, if you examine the Bible, the term “seeker” would accurately describe Jesus Himself, as well as those who are investigating a life of faith. Jesus said of Himself that He came “to seek and save the lost.” (See Luke 19:10.) If we’re dead, spiritually speaking, we can’t seek truth until someone brings us to life—that’s something only Jesus can do. So He seeks us out, because of His great love for us.
I love the concept of God being “rich in mercy.” He’s got overflowing coffers of mercy and grace, and pours them out abundantly on His children. We cannot save ourselves or earn His favor. He brought us to life, initiated love. In her book on grace, Sin Boldly, Cathleen Falsani writes, “I’ve heard it said that grace is God reaching God’s hands into the world. And the Bible tells us that we are part of the body of Christ, that if we let the Spirit move through us, we can become the hands of Christ on earth. Hands that heal, bless, unite, and love.”
So we’ve been saved by grace, not by our own efforts. And the appropriate response is to extend grace to others—not to label them, but like Jesus, to love them.
FAITH STEP: Spend some time thanking Jesus for His life-giving love for you, for seeking you out. Ask Him for an opportunity to extend His grace to others.
Contibuted by Keri Wyatt Kent
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