God’s Grace – Our Obedience

July 2018

Do you sometimes have the experience where you hear the same thing, from different sources, all at about the same time? When that happens, I try to be very attentive, recognizing that God may be trying to draw my attention to something.

I listen to Christian radio as I drive, so I get to hear messages from a variety of Christian speakers. Twice this past week, just as I started the car and the radio came on different speakers said almost the exact same thing. They were talking about God’s grace and the fact that we Christians should not think of God’s grace as an opportunity to get “free stuff”. Rather, they both said, God’s grace is the gift of his power, to give us the ability to live in obedience to God.     

The word translated as “grace” in the New Testament, can be defined as “unmerited favor”. In other words, we are given what we don’t deserve. Certainly, the most profound and life altering aspect of his grace is that of salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. But, God’s grace to us doesn’t end there. In a very real sense, it is only the beginning.

We live daily by, in, and for, God’s grace. In Romans 12:6-8 and Ephesians 4:7-13, we are encouraged that each of us, by God’s grace, are given gifts (serving, teaching, giving, etc.) with which to love others and display God’s grace to the world. Not only are we provided these abilities by God; it is through His grace that we have the power, or the desire and strength, to use these gifts for the benefit of others. (II Corinthians 9:12)

That is why our Discipleship Pathway graphic of a wheel uses God’s Grace as the rim. As we live with Christ as the center of our lives, and grow in the values noted in the spokes of the wheel, we grow in being effective ministers of God’s Grace. The rim allows a wheel to move forward in accomplishing its purpose. In the same way, as we obey our Lord in loving and serving others, we are doing so not only by his grace, but God is using our love to reveal his character to a world in desperate need of his love and grace. 
May we all grow in being faithful administrators of God’s Grace. 

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”  2 Corinthians 9:8

~Steve Cox 
Director of Adult Ministries

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