Last week we went to Krispy Kreme and bought 2 dozen donuts to hand out on campus. I never thought handing out free donuts could be so humbling: by 10:00am I had already been rejected at least 25 times. But here are my 3 favorite reactions to a free donut...
"A FREE donut!?! Heck yea I want a free donut!!! What's wrong with all these people? How can you not want a free donut? This just made my day!!!"
"Who are you? Are you promoting something? It's free? What did you do to it? Are these safe? So...it's free? Ok, I'll take one."
"A free donut? Are you serious? What's the catch? ...Wait, what do you mean there's no catch?"
That first response was great because the lady was so overly excited about a donut. But my favorite are the last two. They are my favorite because of how CONFUSED those two people were. Free? You mean you don't want something from me? Not to overanalyze a box of donuts but, this is how Jesus makes me feel. I'm forgiven without having to "do" anything? Grace is free? Yes. Absolutely. He calls us to love like this. What if people had these responses to the way we LOVE them? What if we lived like the true hands and feet of Jesus? People wouldn't know what to do because the hug we give them or the word of encouragement we say to them won't actually be from us...it's from Him. He is the source and we are just the vessels.
Love people in a way that confuses them.
"Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe." - Phillippians 2: 14-15