The Juice Spill
Larry stopped preaching. He was ready to offer communion, the Lord’s Supper. He pulled out his loaf of bread. He opened his grape juice bottle and poured it into a large cup.
But as he was praying, the wind picked up. The Spirit blew in.
With one breath, Larry’s notes fluttered, hitting the cup, and knocking it over.
The juice spilled on the ground.
Anything can happen at Outdoor Church. This (see “This Stirs Up Grace”) had already happened.
Life happens to all of us.
We think we’re prepared for the next thing, then something else sneaks in first. We say the wrong words. Or our bodies succumb to a germ. It rains on our hike.
Or the Spirit blows in.
And things spill. The juice pours out.
Have we used up our chances? Were our efforts in vain? Are we wasting good grace?
Come Get Your Refill
People may tire of our mishaps. We may get tired of ourselves after stumble upon stumble.
But God never tires of us.
He gives us another chance. Nothing can stop him . . . not the worst sins, not the hardest times, nothing living or dead, thinkable or unthinkable. Absolutely nothing hinders the love God has for us. (Romans 8:35, 38-39).
Grace is never wasted. And we can’t use it up.
For every mess-up, there’s a grace fill-up.
Where offenses add up, grace multiplies even more (Romans 5:20).
We never have to be hopeLESS but can stay hopeFULL if we’ll come get our refills. Collect God’s grace.
Hope starts by believing that God is good. That there’s always more. Always better. Always another chance.
So try again. Even when you want to give up on yourself, don’t give up on God.
Don’t give up on grace.
What did Larry do after the grape juice spilled out?
He smiled, despite our nervous laughter in the crowd. He said, “There’s more!”
He pulled out his juice bottle again. He poured it into the cup, and kept right on going.
As Jesus freely poured out his blood 2,000 years ago, he continues to today. It may look like it’s wasted when we see a drop on the ground.
But grace is never drained. Love is never depleted. God is not yet finished.
Keep a heart full of hope because we have a God full of grace.
Grace comes with refills.
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When do you most need a grace refill? When I get discouraged, tired, or hungry, I definitely do. Please share in the comments.
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