Sunday, January 21, 2007

"Not Zealous?"

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our 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 lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Titus 2:11-14

This verse shows us two of the most amazing things for Christians.

The Grace of God and the Glory of God

Both are fathomless. His free gift of grace first gives us, cursed sinners, the blessed righteousness of Jesus Christ, making us blameless before God. Then, through his spirit we receive the strength to change and the ability to be victorious over our sinful flesh. Paul says this grace “appeared” which means it has already become available and is ready for us to take advantage of all its benefits. The riches of the gospel don’t end there. We are then given the promise that one day the Glory of God will be made visible to us. Our Savior not only bore the Cross for us, but our King has crowns waiting for us. He does all this so He can have a people to call His Children and have heirs to His Kingdom. However, here on earth he wants us to be doers of His good works.

O Lord, help me to lay down this life that is not even mine. Grant me the strength to surrender it all to you, so that I may I present my body as an empty vessel equipped for the Your perfect Will. May I rely on your Grace alone, and provide for me a passion for your Glory!

-Ryan Pesce-

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