Devotional

Unexpected Grace

December 8th, 2017 / Posted from Our Daily Bread / Category: Daily Devotionals

It was an early Saturday morning in my sophomore year of high school, and I was eager to get to my job at the local bowling lanes. The evening before, I had stayed late to mop the muddy tile floors because the janitor called in sick.  I hadn’t bothered to tell the boss about the janitor so I could surprise him.  After all, what could go wrong? I thought.

Plenty, as it turns out. 

Stepping in the door, I saw inches of standing water, with bowling pins, rolls of toilet paper and boxes of paper score-sheets bobbing on top. Then I realized what I had done: While doing the floors, I had left a large faucet running overnight! Incredibly, my boss greeted me with a huge hug and a big smile—“for trying,” he said.

Saul was actively punishing (Acts 8:1) and harassing Christians (Acts 9:1-2) when he came face to face with Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:3-4). Jesus confronted the soon-to-be-renamed apostle Paul with his sinful actions. Blinded by the experience, Saul/Paul would need a Christian—Ananias—to restore his sight to him in an act of courage and grace (Acts 9:17).

Both Saul and I received unexpected grace. 

Most people know they’re messed up. Instead of lectures, they need a hope for redemption. Stern faces or sharp words can block their view of that hope. Like Ananias, or even my boss, followers of Jesus must become the face of grace in these life-changing encounters with others.



Related Posts

On-Air Now

  • The Power HourAt The Power Hour we focus on subjects which inform and educate about the real challenges we face as a ...View PlaylistThursday, 9:00 pm-11:00 pm

Next 3 Shows

Upcoming Events

  1. Church in the Park with First Church of God

    August 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  2. Homecoming at New Hope Baptist Church

    September 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

From our Facebook Feed