Our Daily Bread 8 December 2017 Devotional – Unexpected Grace-Flatimes

Friday, 8 December 2017

Our Daily Bread 8 December 2017 Devotional – Unexpected Grace

Our Daily Bread 8 December 2017 Devotional – Unexpected Grace

Topic: Unexpected Grace — Friday December 8, 2017.

Read: Acts 9:1–19, Bible in a Year: Daniel 8–10; 3 John

In a vision, he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight. Acts 9:12

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.

Stepping in the door, I saw inches of standing water, with bowling pins, rolls of toilet paper, and boxes of paper scoresheets 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 and harassing Christians (Acts 9:1–2) when he came face to face with Jesus on the road to Damascus (vv. 3–4). Jesus confronted the soon-to-be-called 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 (v. 17).

Prayer: 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.

A Christian’s grace-filled actions can smooth someone’s path to the Savior’s presence.

This message was written By Randy Kilgore [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]

1 comment:

  1. I know many of you use Our Daily Bread as your personal devotional aid, Joannie and I do as well. I enjoy starting our mornings by reading the scriptures and then the devotional insights that provide practical applications of the scripture. Today the author is talking about "Unexpected Grace", and likens an event that he experienced in High School with Paul's conversion experience, both showing unexpected grace.

    However, everytime I read the account of the Apostle Paul's conversion, I'm drawn to an unexpecting believer named Ananias (Acts 9:10-15). It seems that this disciple was about his normal business doing whatever first century disciples did, and the Lord spoke to him in a vision. The Lord ask him to go and lay hands on Saul so God would heal Saul and fill him with the Holy Spirit (9:17). There's an very interesting conversation that Ananias had with the Lord before he went as he was commanded, but that's another topic for another day.

    What I'm impressed with is that God chose to use a disciple of His to do His will. The Lord Jesus, gave Ananias the 'privilege to participate' in God's will.
    We all know that God did not "need" Ananias to be obedient in order to accomplish His will for Saul, but God chose to give Ananias the privilege and the honor to participate in His will.

    I see a direct correlation between Ananias and disciples of Christ today. God gives us the "privilege to participate" in His will here and now. I think all of us would agree that our God is active in the world today, accomplishing His will. I think disciples today have the same opportunity to participate in God accomplishing His will as did Ananias. God today is giving us the "privilege to participate" in accomplishing His will. Sometime like Ananias we might say but "Lord I have heard from many about this..." man or activity or ministry, or maybe we just say "Lord I don't want to do what you have put on my heart", either way what we are really doing is missing out on the "'privilege to participate" in God accomplishing His will.

    So today, and maybe tomorrow, or maybe in 10 years from today, when God puts a special ministry on your heart please recognize it for what it is. A 'privilege to participate' in God's will.

    Now please read the Our Daily Bread devotional if you haven't already, it brings up some wonderful points about Unexpected Grace.