Sunday is coming! Easter 6B, “What if there is no catch?”

 

 

 

 

The problem with grace (unmerited favor and blessing) is we often don’t believe it.

If we have learned anything from the world, it is that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There always seems to be a catch. We often pay more than promised.

Jesus says, “You did not choose me, I chose you.” (John 15:12)

But what if there is no catch?

What if instead of trying to prove why we are worthy of God by being spiritual-overachievers and busy-bodies, we simply took Jesus at his word: “You did not choose me, I chose you.”?

What if instead of judging others for not following Jesus like we do, we simply took Jesus at his word: “You did not choose me, I chose you.”?

What if instead of wallowing in doubt and despair because we could never do enough to get God to notice, we simply took Jesus at his word: “You did not choose me, I chose you.”?

What if we stopped looking for a catch that God or someone or some group always wants more of us than we could ever offer, we simply took Jesus at his word: “You did not choose me, I chose you.”?

What if instead of living as if none of it matters, so why bother? – we realized what Jesus was actually offering and took Jesus at his word: “You did not choose me, I chose you.”?

What if our lives were genuinely changed by the promise that Jesus has chosen us to dwell and abide in a love so true and genuine that it is willing to die so that we might live, far beyond anything we could choose for ourselves?

What if we knew with every fiber of our being how loved we are without any catches?

What if we believed grace was true?

What if Jesus called us to love other like that?

What kind of world could that be?

PGS

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