February/March 2014 - Vol. 72

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Living Under the Grace of God 
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by Tom Caballes
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; 
it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 
- Ephesians 2:8-9
Probably not many of us have won the jackpot in the lotto. Why? Many just donít buy them, and the chances of winning are very remote. But in a way, we have won more than those who have won the grand prize in lottos. How? By being recipients of Godís grace. Grace has been defined as having or receiving special favour with God. It is completely unearned, unmerited andun deserved. Our very life, every moment of it, is a grace from God. All that we have and all that we are comes from God. Who are we to be blessed so much that we receive grace upon grace from the Creator of everything? We are mere mortals and sinners Ė yet God made a way for usto sh are His divine fellowship by sending His Son to die for our own sins. Not only did He redeem us from our sinful nature, He also plans to spend eternity with us. We are so much blessed and so much to be thankful for, under the grace of God!

So how do we live our lives under God's grace?

  1. Have an attitude of gratitude. Be thankful always. Every day is Ďpresent;í it is a gift from God! Acknowledge Him at the start of the day and before you lay down to sleep. Learn to value, appreciate and prioritise relationships, especially the closest ones, as more important than gadgets Ė whom do you spend more time with? Your heart will be where your treasure is. 
  2. Learn to receive and take the good and the bad alike. We already have received so much from the grace of God; why canít we bear suffering, persecution, pain and disappointments in life? These things are meant to teach us to depend on God alone.
  3. Use our time, talents, money and resources for Godís Kingdom. Out of our debt of gratitude from a life under Godís grace should result to a life well spent.
  4. If choosing between which to focus on Ė our sinfulness or Godís grace, always choose to focus on Godís grace. Always be ready to repent and change our ways.
  5. Always remember that in lifeís challenges and difficult moments, God is on our side. He will never abandon us, even if we do not understand everything. Godís grace is full and whole, not partial nor temperamental. Godís love is there until He carries us home.
  6. We need to inculcate in us the eternal perspective Ė that the life we live passes away like grass, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Then comes eternity. There is nothing in this life, even our very own lives, which is worth keeping in comparison with eternity. What a privilege, what grace do we have Ė life with God for all eternity!
Other Scripture References
  • Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. [2 Thessalonians 2:16-17]
  • But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. [2 Peter 3:18]
  • Other references: John 1:14, 16-17; Ephesians 3:16-19; Romans 3:23-24; Romans 5: 15, 17; 1 Corinthians 15:10.
For Personal Reflection and Group Sharing:
  1. Do I truly appreciate the scope and the depth of Godís grace?
  2. Do I have a balance with being concerned with temporal matters and having eternal perspective in my life?

Tom Caballes is the National Senior Administrator and a National Coordinator of the Lamb of God, a community of the Sword of the Spirit with 7 branches located throughout New Zealand. Tom also leads Kairos New Zealand, an outreach program for high school, university, and post-university aged people. 

Tom and his wife Mhel and their two daughters live in Wellington, New Zealand.

 

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