Daily Devotion, 08/13/2018, “Grace Changes Everything ”
Titus 2:11-14 NIV For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
All of us have done enough messed up stuff to disqualify us from deserving anything good from God. (See Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23) We actually deserve the opposite…judgement, condemnation and punishment; yet, God chooses to offer us what we do not deserve…forgiveness, redemption and eternal life. That is grace and it truly is amazing! That’s how I tend to think of grace; that it’s mostly about God freely offering me forgiveness and salvation because of what Jesus did for me on the cross. It is that but it’s also so much more than just that.
Paul writes that the grace of God “teaches usto say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives.” Think about that. God could just say “I give you grace, you are forgiven and I’ll see you in heaven. In the meantime, good luck with your life down there.” Instead, He chooses to get into the muck of our messed up lives so that He can equip and empower us to become both good and godly as we journey with Him. When I make good and godly choices, I get to enjoy good and godly consequences. (See Galatians 6:7-9) I don’t deserve any of those blessings any more than I deserve to go to heaven. It’s all grace.
I can’t possibly become a good and godly person on my own. If it’s up to me, my will power and my self-discipline, I will fail and fall forever. As a result, I will create the same messed up consequences in my daily life that my sin always seems to create. Jesus loves me too much to leave me like that. He came that I may have life and life to the full. (John 10:10) He doesn’t just save me, He transforms me, He restores me, He equips me and He empowers me. I deserve none of that. Only by the grace of God…
You are loved!