I was touched today by Pastor Danny's word on the Grace of God. I think we as a people do not truly understand God's grace. Wouldn't we live differently if we did? Afterall, as Danny said, all of our stories are authored by the grace of God. Webster defines grace as the unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification. I think the keyword here is unmerited. Remember, life isn't fair!!! We don't deserve grace or mercy for that matter but because of Jesus' sacrifice that is exactly what we can get.
Danny continued the sermon to describe what the Grace of God would look like in our lives.
1. We would be doing the uncomfortable. Reaching out to the unlovable is often uncomfortable but aren't we really unlovable too? Remember, God doesn't rank sin. Sin stains are all ugly to Him.
2. We would be knowing and following God's Word. James 1:22-25 says it like this, " Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do."
3. We would be identifying with Christ. The term Christian in itself means little Christ or Christ-like. It was used to identify the early church because they looked like Jesus. So should we.
4. Selfless giving of our resources and ourselves. 2 Cor 9:7 says, "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
The early church was characterized like we should be -- they asked for grace, they acted in grace but they never assumed the grace of God was theirs. Thank you, Danny, for a good word from the Lord!!