Our values are simply how our beliefs about God, the world, and one another are lived out. Our values enable us to order our time, talent, resources, and passions in a way that glorifies God and blesses people. Here at Park Cities, we hold to five main core values. This post is all about one: Inexhaustible Grace.
What does it mean?
God’s love for his people is unlimited. There is no end or limit to God’s overwhelming grace. It is unstoppable and must not be conserved or constrained but generously extended to others, just as Jesus has done for us. Grace enables us to love our neighbors without condition or limitation. It frees us to love others extravagantly, even our enemies.
What does it look like in real life?
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25: 37-40 NIV)
When Nancy Rockwell began working at Cornerstone’s ministry for the homeless nearly eight years ago, she was, admittedly, a different person.
“I was really self-centered,” she explains, standing in front of a colorful rack of t-shirts. “I didn’t see the homeless. I didn’t see the poor.”
Nancy began serving meals in the kitchen and eventually transitioned to the ministry’s clothes closet program, which provides needy recipients new or gently used clothing.
God quickly used the opportunity to open her eyes to an entire community in need of care, compassion, and grace.
The people we serve don’t feel loved or important. The more I’m here, the more I feel like god is using me in ways he isn’t using me anywhere else. He’s showing me the poor, he’s showing me the homeless. We get to be the hands and feet of Jesus to them.
Homeless beneficiaries of the program like Corey Greenwood are noticeably moved by the kindness, smiling widely as they chat with volunteers. “These folks help those who are less fortunate—people in my position who genuinely have no place to go right now—and I deeply appreciate them.”
Nancy smiles in agreement.
“God has given us everything. His grace is overwhelming. He’s given us our life, our breath, our abilities, our resources. If we aren’t willing to extend that grace to others, then what good are we doing? There’s more than enough to go around. Grace never runs out. It never slows down.”