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On the Journey...
(Weekly insights from FMC)
August 26, 2015
How many points do you have?
A man dies and goes to heaven. Of course, St. Peter meets him at the Pearly Gates. St. Peter says, "Here's how it works. You need 1,000 points to make it into heaven. You tell me all the good things you've done, and I give you a certain number of points for each item, depending on how good it was. When you reach 1,000 points, you get in."
"Okay," the man says, "I was married to the same woman for 50 years and never cheated on her, even in my heart.”
“That’s wonderful,” says St. Peter. “That’s worth three points!”
“Three points?” he says. “Well, I attended church all my life and supported it’s ministry with my tithe and service.”
Terrific!” says St. Peter. “That’s certainly worth a point.”
“One point!?!! I started a soup kitchen in my city and worked in a shelter for homeless veterans.”
“Fantastic, that’s good for two more points,” he says.
“Two Points!?!!” Exasperated, the man cries. “At this rate the only way I’ll get into heaven is by the grace of God.”
“Bingo! 1,000 points, come on in!”
There is nothing that we can do to earn grace; nobody can receive any more grace than anybody else. It is ours for the taking and it is only by God’s grace that we are redeemed. Is First Mennonite extending Grace to those who enter our doors on Sunday morning? Are you extending God’s grace to those you come into contact with during the week? Only you can answer that. I am so grateful that I don’t have to tally points go enter the kingdom, I would never make it. God’s grace is our salvation, it is for everybody, and it’s free. Praise God for that.
- Derrick Ramer.
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