It’s All About The Grace

If it is all about the grace, then what are we doing in life that demonstrates that to others?

Grace to be saved. Grace to live. Grace to be dispensed.

Is it about being the fastest driver? The one who can drink the most? The one who pushes the limits of life to see what they can get away with? Or should our default be at a new setting as Christians?

The Bible tells us the ‘old has gone, the new has come’. That we are to ‘encourage one another’ and ‘spur each other on’. Yet so often we don’t do this. We make light of stuff in peoples lives, we ignore whats really going on, we maybe give a jibe, make fun or just ignore it.

Paul warned the Galatians about this. Living life by your own standards but expecting God to bless you is a wrong way to think. ‘When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace’ [Gal 5:4 Message].

When was the last time we chose to show grace?

When was the last time we offered to pray for someone?

When was the last time we asked for prayer or some encouragement instead of just trying our best to work it out ourselves?

Let’s be people of grace. Willing to receive it, live by it and give it.

Such a way of living life doesn’t make us super spiritual, it sets us apart in the way God wants us to be set apart. We are supposed to be different. That way we might just look like the people who have an answer for others who are struggling through some stuff. Then we have opportunities to show the grace of God. Then we appreciate the benefits the life of grace affords us.

‘But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard – things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, 23 not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. [Gal 5:22-23 Message]

I am challenged to make sure I live this grace life the right way. Thankful for the Holy Spirit to help me live it.

Moved By Grace

I am preaching at United Night tomorrow (Sunday) at Xcel Church. It’s been a while and I am really looking forward to it. This series on grace has been epic so far and the message I am going to share, is in my opinion one the simplest yet most powerful pictures of grace so far.

To be accepted for who are you, warts and all, that’s the grace that Jesus offers. When He entered the world the whole idea of grace changed. It became a person. A person who is on the lookout for people. On the lookout for you and me.

How unworthy do you feel?
How could God love me after everything I have done?
I am not good enough for Jesus?
Why would Jesus want me?

However unlikely a candidate for Jesus you consider yourself, grace does not walk past you and your life. Instead it finds you, stands in your way and offers itself to you.

When you don’t need more rules, to be told how wrong you have behaved, don’t need that finger pointed in your face telling you to sort yourself out and that when you have improved then you can come back, that’s when grace is at its very best.

Jesus is grace. He doesn’t come with a Holy tick-list to be completed. Instead He offers grace. He accepts you and has just one simple invitation. ‘Follow me’.

To be moved by a message is such an incredible thing. To be moved by a message while preparing it is something I’m not sure I have experienced for a while, maybe ever.

Grace changes everything. Grace changes me. I never had to earn it, never had to be good enough. It is a gift for me. I am accepted. Grace has saved me. Now grace empowers me to live.

Praying that the power of this series and the unpacking of the wonders of Gods grace will change at least one persons life forever.