Mount Calvary recently concluded our Vacation Bible School and I was the leader for our opening and closing worship times. Don't worry, I didn't have to sing we had DVD's for that! The greatest joy I had during the week of VBS was to see the preschool students time singing and doing the motions to the songs. They really got into it!
These three and four-year-olds were so excited about the songs and the motions that they had to come out of the pews and do their self-styled versions of the song motions in the aisles where there was more room. It looked sort of like the kids were twirling around with the music as more of a backdrop and less of a rhythmic force.
God's grace was the theme of most of the songs and it seemed to me that these little ones were twirling in God's grace. It would be nice if we all felt that same joy and freedom in God's grace. I'm not advocated for dancing as a part of our worship, but I wish that we grown-ups could find the same joy in God's goodness that is ours in Jesus Christ.
I realize that your life is probably considerably more complex than that of a four-year-old. You face a variety of pressures and problems of which children know nothing. In your life you have probably faced challenges and endured hardships that little children can't even imagine. If you're like me, you've also made more mistakes and been part of more failures than you care to admit, even to yourself. Life and my own poor choices may have sapped my excitement over God's grace in Christ.
I think that's the exact opposite of the way it is supposed to work. Jesus once said, "He who is forgiven little, loves little." (Luke 8:47) If follows that if one has been forgiven much (and I have) he or she would love a whole bunch maybe enough to want to twirl around in God's grace.
Take a few minutes and think about the forgiveness that is yours, the way that God accepts you, and the promises He has for your future. Then, maybe if no one is looking, take a little twirl around the room.
Pastor Dan Czaplewski
This wouldn’t be nearly as delightful if it were’t so completely true. I’m not an emotionalist, far from it. But I question whether anyone who has consciously experienced grace hasn’t done some twirling of their own. God’s grace offers His forgiveness for our sins, and enables and prompts us to forgive those who have sinned against us. Together by these activities God, in Christ frees us from the burden of sin-sickness and its harmful side effects. Keep twirling!
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