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As Much Grace As Needed

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As Much Grace as Needed. The parable of the workers in the Vineyard.
Do you need grace? Don’t worry! There’s plenty available for repenting sinners. Actually, as much as you need. As much as anybody needs. All because of Jesus! How do we know this? The Bible tells us so. Let’s look at the parable of the workers in the vineyard in Matthew 20 (CEB). Jesus explains:

“The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. After he agreed with the workers to pay them a denarion, he sent them into his vineyard. “Then he went out around nine in the morning and saw others standing around the marketplace doing nothing. He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I’ll pay you whatever is right.’ And they went.
“Again around noon and then at three in the afternoon, he did the same thing. Around five in the afternoon he went and found others standing around, and he said to them, ‘Why are you just standing around here doing nothing all day long?’“‘Because nobody has hired us,’ they replied. “He responded, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’
“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the workers and give them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and moving on finally to the first.’ When those who were hired at five in the afternoon came, each one received a denarion. Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more. But each of them also received a denarion. When they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, These who were hired last worked one hour, and they received the same pay as we did even though we had to work the whole day in the hot sun.’
“But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I did you no wrong. Didn’t I agree to pay you a denarion? Take what belongs to you and go. I want to give to this one who was hired last the same as I give to you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or are you resentful because I’m generous?’ So those who are last will be first. And those who are first will be last.”

When I was younger I thought it was unfair that they all got the same pay. But isn’t it great that in the kingdom of God we all get as much grace we need? Isn’t it great that in the realm of God we get grace according to our needs? Isn’t it great that in God’s care we are treated individually not as a mass of people?

We truly can rest in God’s grace and know that we will always have as much as grace we need. And not just general grace but according to our very personal needs. “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us”, stated Augustine. I find that very much true. You are an apple of God’s eye. You are cherished and loved. And there will always be as much grace as you need.

Rest in God’s grace.
Bask in God’s grace.
Dance in God’s grace!

 

Gracious God,
We thank you and we praise you
for having for us as much grace as we need.
Your love for us is beyond everything.
Let your grace mold us into your likeness.
Pour our grace upon grace!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: How much grace is enough?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you live in the freedom of Christ!
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  • Steve Gravano

    Thanks, that just what I needed to read this morning. Please enter my name in the Common English Language Bible contest.

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

       That’s great, Steve! Thank you. Your name is in! Abundant grace-filled blessings to you!

  • http://rlcblog.com Dusty Rayburn

    How much grace is enough? God’s grace. It is enough to meet my need.

    “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect.” ~ 1 Cor. 15:10a, NIV

    His grace is powerful and effective. There is nothing that compares. His grace is extended to all; it’s quantity undiminished by our need.

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

       Amen! Preach it, brother! Thanks for chiming in. Bountiful Blessings!

  • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

    The grace of God sure is a beautiful thing- I’m so glad He doesn’t think like the rest of us! 

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

       Yes, TC! Praise God! Thank you for commenting. God bless you!

  • http://www.crumbsfromhistable.com tinuviel

    Beautiful thoughts! The Lord has had me considering manna lately, enough for all sorts of appetites, fresh every morning but none to save for tomorrow. Your words on grace add another lovely layer to those ponderings. I need a *lot* of grace right now, but he does have as much grace as I need. Thank you for the reminder. We are neighbors at the Soli Deo Gloria community this week, and I’m glad I stopped by. Grace upon grace to you in the Lord Jesus.

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      Thanks so much for sharing your reflections with us. God’s grace is indeed more than enough! May God pour out his grace on you as needed!

  • Emily

    Wonderful thoughts on grace!

    And please enter me into the bible drawing

    Thank you much for sharing, Blessings!

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      Thank you, Emily! I got your name down for the drawing. Abundant blessings to you!

  • http://profiles.google.com/shanda.oakley Shanda Oakley

    That is what grace is: getting what we don’t deserve. No matter how good we or or how much we work, we don’t deserve it. I’m grateful.

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      Thanks, Shanda! Yes, I am so grateful for grace, too! It is mind-blowing really! God bless you, sis!

  • Denise Oldham

    Speak on sis.

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

       Thank you, Denise, for your encouragement! Bountiful Blessings to you, sis!

  • Joanne Norton

    Grace is so important, obviously.  And when I think of people who have come to the Lord while dying, and receiving their Home in Heaven, even w/o having the opportunity to serve Him for time, and times, and half a time, it’s a joyful event, not a “nagful” one and an angry one.  Our human perspective can be a bit less than perfect, which puts us in a less-than-wonderful ungodly attitude.  Hope I can avoid it, or will accept the Lord’s tapping my head to remind me of the Truth.  Thanks much.

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      Thank you, Joanne, for your thoughtful comment. Abundant blessings to you as you continue on your grace-filled faith journey!

  • Hazel Moon

    I am reminded of the old southern Gospel song that says “Just give me a cabin over in glory land.”  What a surprize they will have when everyone gets a mansion.  Yes, some will rule over 5 cities and some 10 and other more, but those will be according to rewards.  How much MORE does grace abound.

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      Thanks for sharing, Hazel! I need to look up that song! We can only imagine. But we can rest assured that grace is enough! BLESSINGS!

  • Carol

    Wonderful application for the word much! Your choice of scripture is just right to demonstrate “God gives as much grace as we need.” 

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      Thank you kindly, Carol! It is indeed wonderful that God keeps on giving as much as grace we need. Bountiful Blessings!

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