I’m not going to lie; there was time when I made judgments about the people I was serving. At the time, I worked at a well known steakhouse as a Food Server. While I did my job to the best of my ability—it didn’t stop me from being critical of the people who frequented the restaurant.
The judgments I passed on the customers had to do specifically with the abundance of soda with which I would watch them partake. This was during the years when “free refills” were becoming the new norm.
When I was a child, IF my parents allowed my brothers and I to enjoy a soda with our meal, (and, yes, the “if” is in CAPS) we had to sip it very slowly to make it last the entire meal. We were allowed one soda, because an additional soda would have to be repurchased.
Working in the steakhouse, I watched parents who allowed their children to drink soda quickly and then get three or four refills during their dining experience. All because it was “free”. It bothered me, and I spoke about it to other Food Servers saying, “Just because the soda is free doesn’t mean you need to drink a liter.” There were times I wanted to tell the parent at the table, “No, I’m sorry your child may not have another soda. He’s needs to drink some water.”
I’m so thankful that God doesn’t look at me through that lens when it comes to His sovereign Grace.
There are days—heck, there are meals—where I am in need of God’s Grace moment after moment. I cannot seem to get enough. I am so thankful that He doesn’t look at me and say, “No, I’m sorry, my child…you may not have any more Grace. You need to read some scripture.”
His Grace is truly abundant and it doesn’t run out. There are free refills because of the sacrifice made by his son, Jesus Christ. His blood covers our sins—every moment of every day. God wants to stretch us, and He longs for us to be growing and engaging with others along that Spiritual journey, and He will continue to pour out Grace and fill our cups along the way.