“It is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Phil. 2:13) “By the grace of God, I am what I am.” (1 Cor. 15:10) “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.” (Psalm 138:8)

Heavenly Father, it feels so good to live without concern for merit or deserving, personal failure or self-aggrandizement. The Gospel has “nuked” every notion of spiritual wage-earning, performancism, and stressing over what you think about us.

Your currency is grace, and your delivery system is our neediness. Jesus’ cross-work on our behalf is finished. The Spirit’s transforming-work in us continues—as we walk, and as we sleep. This doesn’t make us passive, just actively dependent on you, and the means of grace.

Because we can say with David, you will “fulfill your purpose for me,” and because we are certain your “steadfast love will endure forever,” may the rest of our days be marked by…

Faith expressing itself in love.

Hope expressing itself in mission.

Grace expressing itself in kindness.

Peace expressing itself in peace-making.

Humility expressing itself in repentance and service.

So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ bodacious and beautiful name.