I've been having a good day. I'd like to see if I can process a few of the more potent thoughts running through my head:
1. Grace is really good. Every so often I am just drawn by the Spirit back into grace. It may seem weird since I'm in full-time ministry, but the gospel of grace is just one that I forget so often. Maybe it's because I'm a dad of a 3 and 2 year old and am perpetually in the "you need to do this" and "don't do that" sort of world, but it's super easy for me to fall into a check-list for God. Since I'm a Christian, I think, I need to do X, Y, and Z today and then I'll feel good.
I've just been reminded today that I am a sinner saved by grace. Nothing good in or of itself has come from me, but only what God has graciously bestowed or given. I have been ransomed by the blood of the cross, and that cross grants me forgiveness and removes me sins as far as the east is from the west. This is great news, and has been replenishing my heart today.
2. The Gospel needs preached. I read an article in Christianity Today called "You can't preach the gospel with deeds and why it's important to say so" and it really just reaffirmed why I love being on staff with Cru. Lots of people cite St. Francis of Assisi as saying, "Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary" and then use that to back up a claim that our major witness for the gospel needs to be our deeds, and not our words. Well, (nevermind that the people who would know about St. Francis, the Franciscans, have no recollection of him ever saying that) says the author Duane Litfin, it just can't happen. Nor is it even very biblical. We needs words and deeds, but the gospel can never be preached simply by deeds. He says, and I like this, "The gospel is inherently verbal, and preaching the gospel is inherently verbal behavior. If the gospel is to be communicated at all, it must be put into words."
Again, it makes me love that I'm on staff with an organization that has tried to be on the front lines of gospel proclamation.
3. Financial partner development (or support raising) is a tough task, but honestly a pretty enjoyable one for me. I've already had a few conversations this morning which were really encouraging. People are behind our ministry and praying hard and giving quite a bit. We are so grateful for our partners. And to God's grace.