embracing the grace?

Titus 2:11-12

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”

Paul writes to Titus explaining that it has happened, God has poured out the depth of His grace and sent salvation to man through the gift of Jesus. Never before had man seen this grace but God being rich in mercy and grace decided that it was time for man to have salvation and experience grace. Paul writes further that this grace did not just come to save but to teach Christ followers to reject the ungodliness and passions of this world and to pursue self-control and godliness. The idea of the Father was not for believers to just say no to things but to reject the things of the world by pursuing righteousness. The Father is filled with grace for those He loves. This grace when fully received produces self discipline in our lives. This is the self discipline that coupled with the power of the Holy Spirit allows Christ followers to choose righteousness over worldliness.

The question must be are we truly embracing this limitless grace with the lives we are living? Are the daily choices of our lifestyle utilizing the power of this grace or simply sliding it to the side as we fill ourselves with the comfortable passions and desires of this world? Are our lives living proof of the power to say no? God has given believers an all-access pass to the fullest extent of grace that we will ever need but are we embracing it?

The reality is that the voice of the world is constantly screaming at us to spend more, get more, live life comfortably, and do what makes you happy while the grace of God that will ultimately triumph all of these sits by never forcing itself on our lives yet containing life-transforming and perspective-altering power. However, every time that we choose what we want or what’s comfortable for us and reject the prompting of the Holy Spirit we are failing to embrace the fullness of the grace given to us.


1 Response to “embracing the grace?”

  1. October 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Great post Bryant. The depth of His grace is beyond our imagination and it’s so humbling to know that it is ever present in our lives, even more so the further we seemingly move from God. The words to the Matt Redman song remind me of this; “For when our hearts were far away, Your grace goes further still.” Thanks for the reminder of how deep the Father’s love for us truly is.

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My name is Bryant May. I am a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to the most beautiful and God-fearing woman I know, director of production at Pinelake Church in Brandon, MS, an Alabama football fanatic, and an OCD organization/clean freak.

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