Grace looks beyond our productivity, our appearance, our dress, our race or ethnicity, our accomplishments, our failures.
Grace reveals the goodness of God. Wages reveal human effort.
Grace seeks unity and inclusion.
Wages make distinctions and separate.
Grace just happens.
Wages are based on merit.
The only precondition of grace is that we show up and open ourselves to receive what God is giving. When we do, we begin to see our lives, the world, our neighbour differently.
The tragedy of a wage based life is that it blinds us to the presence of grace, the life of God, in our own life. It can make us resentful of grace, goodness, and beauty in the life of another. It separates and isolates us from others. Eventually we set up standards and expectations not only for ourselves and others but for God.
Why settle for the usual daily wage when God wants to give you “whatever is right” for your life, your needs, your salvation? “Whatever is right” will always be more than fair, more than we could ask or imagine. Yet we sometimes trust a wage based life more than we trust grace. In so doing we deny ourselves and others the life God wants to give. So what we need to think about is how might we begin to move from a wage based life to the vineyard of grace?
I offer you just a handful of simple suggestions to ponder on during next week.
If you stop comparing yourself and your life to others you will create room for grace to emerge.
Start really trusting that in God’s world there is enough for everyone.
Let go of any expectations that you may have based on what you think you or others deserve.
Give back to God the freedom to pay whatever is right knowing and accepting that God’s ways are not your ways.
Simply make no judgments of yourself or others.
That is the way of grace,
That is the way of God.