I shared yesterday of a hiking trip on the Appalachian trail to Annapolis Rock. The view, as the photo fractionally captures, is beautiful. But it wasn't the view that struck me as God's prevenient grace (although it certainly might be for others).
Instead, it was the fact that kids on our trip got lost, and not even for a moment did we think that was OK. We didn't even consider how much more sleep we would get with out a bunch of rowdy teenagers. We didn't even think about how much more food we would have, how we wouldn't have to share anything, how much cheaper the trip would be, how much drier our canoe trip would be.
No, our immediate instinct, when we knew they were lost, was to search them out. If that's how we felt, I am confident that God felt even more strongly about seeking us out when we are lost. That is God's prevenient grace, God seeking, calling, drawing us into a relationship with him.
Sure the kids kept on going, not knowing they were lost. Sure they could have heard us calling them and continued to ignore our calls. But Prevenient grace gives us a way, a trail home. Prevenient grace calls us tot he trail. Prevenient grace gives us a choice for the first time.
Not only does prevenient grace affect those who don't yet believe, by offering an opportunity to choose God, but it employees the follower of Christ too. As followers of Christ live out of God's love, our neighbors, our kids, our spouses, our customers and our bosses experience prevenient grace. This is just one way we join God on his mission...who would want to miss being part of that?
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