Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.

After twenty years of shaving himself every morning, a man in a small Southern town decided he had enough. He intended to let the local barber shave him each day. He put on his hat and coat and went to the barber shop, which was owned by the pastor of the town’s Community Church.

The barber’s wife, Grace, was working that day, so she performed the task. Grace shaved him and sprayed him with lilac water, and said, “That’ll be $20.”

He thought the price was a bit high, but he paid the bill. The next morning the man looked into the mirror, and his face was as smooth as it had been when he left the barber shop the day before. The next morning it was still smooth. Two weeks later the man was still unable to find any trace of whiskers on his face.

He returned to the barber shop and told Grace, “I thought $20 was high for a shave but you must have done a great job because it’s been two weeks and my whiskers still haven’t started growing back.”

The expression on her face didn’t even change as if she was expecting his comment. She responded, “You were shaved by Grace. Once shaved, always shaved.”

Aren’t you thankful for GRACE (no, not the barber’s wife)? I’m referring to the grace of our God that saves us from eminent and eternal death. For many years I have struggled with the argument of “once saved, always saved,” but, regardless of my theological precisness, I am simply awed by His grace. My best response is to not tread upon this wonderful grace, but to live my life “to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves” (Eph. 1: 6).


Pastor John

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