Have you ever felt like an outsider? On the edge, not as good as.... Grace is for you. God is the God of the outsider. As we grow in grace we realise that a big part of growing up and maturing is when we see people who need grace and then know that we are the channel for it. It's not just grace for me but also grace for them. Be encouraged from the story of Ruth that grace brings you in.
Many of us live with guilt about what we did that had a negative effect on other people - our children, friends, family. We all know our own shortcomings and often we can find ourselves looking back, wishing that we could do things again differently. This offering is a picture of Jesus - Law demanded restitution to be made for our sin against others - Jesus became that offering so that our guilt was dealt with and He repays the debt that you owe. Amazing picture of Jesus and His grace.
There is a problem for you if you want to live in a way that is not fully set on the unmerited favour of Jesus in your life. Some Christians are still under the thought that they must do in order for God to do for them. Under that system you have a big problem - what happens when you intentionally sin? Sometimes we sin through ignorance but sometimes we choose it. What happens then? Under the law there is no sacrifice for that. That is why the blood of Jesus is so much more. So much greater than any of your effort or performance. Even at your worst He loves you, forgives you and blesses you still.
The peace offering in Leviticus provided an opportunity for the Israelites to come together, give thanks to God and celebrate His goodness. This week Phil discusses the deeper meaning of the peace offering and how when we give God the best of ourselves we are freed to feast on His provision in every area of our life. This is an encouraging message that reminds us of God's daily provision.