Monday, February 15, 2021

Yaconelli: unfair, indeed

Monday, February 15, 2021
    Commemoration of Thomas Bray, Priest, Founder of SPCK, 1730
    Then [the criminal] said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
    —Luke 23:42-43 (NIV)
    How unfair! Shouldn’t the thief have been asked to repent, to make amends, to at least declare he was sorry? No lectures, no sermons, no teaching or demands for repentance, Jesus just ushers the man into the kingdom of God. Shouldn’t we be more careful with the requirements for receiving grace? Apparently not.
    ... Mike Yaconelli (1942-2003), Messy Spirituality [2002], Zondervan, 2007, p. 166 (see the book)
    See also Luke 23:42-43; Ex. 33:19; Matt. 9:2; Rom. 9:15-18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You alone choose those whom You save.
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