What to do with grace
Grace is God’s unmerited favor. It is wrapped in the truth that there is nothing you can do to make God love your more and there is nothing you can do to make God love you less. Simply that is grace, God-loving and providing for one who cannot provide for themselves.
With everything that goes on in life, especially today with viruses and economic uncertainties, the grace of God is something that a believer holds on to. We all know that life can be and is at times tough. That is why the Word tells us that it “rains on the just and the unjust”. Listen, good things happen to bad people. As well, bad things happen to good people.
We are to take care of all we do. We need to be careful and today we are reminded to wash our hands and take care of ourselves. With this in mind, what does that have to do with God and His grace? If you think about it has everything to do with it and actually more than we realize.
In 1 Peter 4:1-11 ESV we read that-
1 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,
2 so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.
3 For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry.
4 With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you;
5 but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
6 For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.
7 The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.
8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:
11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies--in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
You may get sick and then again you may not. Now if you are reckless and don’t do the right things the chances are greater you will get sick. However, if you are careful and do take care of yourself the chances are you won’t or even if you do it will be something you can handle and quickly recover from.
The same is true for your spiritual life and your relationship with God. If you are reckless and don’t do the right things the chances are greater you will have problems. However, if you are careful and do take care of yourself the chances are you won’t or even if you do it will be something you can handle and quickly recover from.
So with this in mind let me share with you 5 things you can and should be doing each day as a believer.
1) Do the will of God
2) Don’t follow the world
3) Live in the spirit
4) Remember the end is coming
5) Love one another
So that God may be glorified through your life. He can be seen and witnessed as abiding and influencing you each day.
A thought to ponder,