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One More Thing . . .
Tis The Season
The Christmas time can be exhausting. There’s always one more gift to buy; there’s always one more decoration to put up—there’s always one more thing to make it just right. Just when we think we’re done, we remember someone else on the list and off we go to shop. We’re attending or hosting parties. We’re attending school plays and church choir events. There’s always something more to do. There’s always something that we need to add that will make the season more perfect than last year.
Read Luke 12:30.
- Who runs after “such things”? Who truly knows what we need?
Read 2 Peter 1:2.
- What two things is Peter pointing us toward? How do we get them?
A Holiday Party
In Luke 10:38 and John 12:1 we read a short story about Jesus attending a dinner party hosted by his close friends Mary and Martha. Martha is busy preparing and serving the dinner for their guests while Mary is sitting at Jesus’ feet. In her frustration, Martha approaches Jesus to complain that Mary is making her do all the work. Jesus’ response is the opposite of what she had hoped for. In fact, Jesus tells her that what Mary is doing is more important.
Here’s the difference that made all the difference: Martha felt Jesus wasn’t showing enough appreciation for what she had done for him. Mary felt that she wasn’t showing enough appreciation for what Jesus did for her.
Read Luke 10:38–42.
- Describe the trap of busyness Martha was in. Are you ever in that trap trying to do just one more thing?
- How did Jesus respond? What does He mean when He says, “it will not be taken away from her [Mary]”?
Our culture has wrongfully taught us the Martha principle. We, especially in the US, believe that for man, all things are possible. We are the masters of our own fate and the captains of our own ships. If we just work long enough and hard enough, we’ll be successful. If we can just find that one thing that will make it right, we’ll win.
Consequently, the idea that we need the grace of God in order to have peace and a secure eternity just seems wrong.
The good news is that we don’t have to buy into that thinking. Grace is a gift from God and it’s present in Jesus Christ for everyone because God is a gracious God. There’s nothing we can do to earn God’s grace. Nothing. We just need to receive His gift. Jesus didn’t die on a cross so we could sit in pews and have religion—he came to save us for eternity by the gift of His grace.
Read Acts 15:11.
- What is the eternal gift of God’s grace?
Read Romans 5:15–20.
- Take a close look at what Adam did and what Christ did.
What is the most wonderful affect of Christ’s free gift?
Do you have open hands that allow you to claim His gift today?
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