Are you an EGR (Extra Grace Required) Christian? I am! Vol 43
EGR -Extra Grace Required.
We have all been around these people…we’ve been these people on occasion (maybe still are these people if we’re honest with ourselves.) We’ve gone through something traumatic, or are in circumstances that are disturbing, discouraging or debilitating. Maybe we’re new to faith in God and we are trying to understand the deeper things that our older (in the faith) brothers and sisters take seemingly with a grain of salt…or perhaps we haven’t exercised our faith much and our spiritual roots don’t go very deep so we are easily influenced by false doctrine or half-truths. Or… maybe we just struggle socially and are difficult to communicate with on any level… but still…just want someone to be our friend.
EGR Christians. We’re not a problem in big church…but we stick out in small groups. There are special ways our leadership learns to deal with us…so we don’t get the whole group off on a rabbit trail or monopolize the discussion with our incessant questions. Occasionally, our leaders might get “put out” with us and I know folks may actually leave a small group because of us.
Tonight, and many nights, I feel like I’m an EGR believer. I’m uncomfortable in my circumstances and in my faith. There have been a lot of changes in my life and more to come. I’m struggling with my kids and made some questionable decisions that could have put my family at risk. I feel needy.
Why am I not treated like an EGR Christian? Why? Because other more mature EGR Christians have gone out of their way to love me and my family…. to listen to me…to comfort me…to counsel me…to correct me.
I don’t know if anyone is getting my point. EGR believers aren’t just difficult people we have to learn strategies to deal with…but people just like you and me who our Savior died for and people we need to love and minister to with purpose. I realize that some people are genuinely more difficult… whether it’s in a small group or around a water-cooler at work. Some of us have found workarounds to areas of our lives that are clumsier than others. But loving the EGR’s among us is our job…our privilege…our command. It might take a little more work. Correction….It will take more work to reach and minister to EGR folks like me…I can be high maintenance! How about you?
Jesus thinks we were worth loving. He still loves us. Let’s love one another.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.