Real Song of Grace - Grace Series 2 of 3
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister at Covenant Community Church on Apr 1, 2000, 13:03
Here we are again, in the second part of a study on the grace of God. In the last article I gave you a principle, let me start there again. Purity, Holiness, and Obedience flow from grace...not vice versa. In other words it is the grace of God that allows you to be those things, you donít get His grace because you are that good.
I said not too long ago in a sermon that we shouldnít really try to live up to our potential, because the best that we can do is be sinners. Instead, we need to live up to the potential that God has for us. We can do that because of the grace He gives. In case you forgot, let me define it for you again. Grace is an objective grant of undeserved favor from a superior to an inferior. The good news is that we are inferior when we compare ourselves to God. We receive it because He chooses to give it to us.
In 1 Peter 5:6-14 we are wandering about and making discoveries about grace. Letís continue in that passage. The focus of this article is looking at the real song of grace. First see The Call of Grace (v.10) and the God of all grace who called you to His eternal glory in Christ.
Scripture reminds us that without Him we are lost, yet we find that He calls us to Himself. That is what I call a gift. Isnít it nice when you are in need of something and someone just gets it for you, or gives it to you. It catches us by surprise. Well that is what this verse reminds us of. What we need the most, God has and calls us to receive it. He calls each of us. No matter what your position is in life, how much you have or donít have, what you have done or not done we all kneel before God, sinners badly in need of his grace. Once you meet Him you can relax, He gives it to us.
Now notice the Alumni of Grace. In verse 9 we read, "Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings"
In other words it doesnít mean that your life will be easy. It does mean, however, that because of His grace you will survive and you are not alone. Not only is God with you, but there are family members in the body of Christ who have been there as well. There are others who have been where you are when it is tough. Sometimes it helps to remember that. Grace isnít something that God just gives to you exclusively, He gives it to all of His people. It is a covenant between God and his people, it is a promise that his children enjoy.
Grace is the frame of reference that the church must operate out of. If you have a critical spirit, you have missed it. If you can look down your nose at others, you have missed it. If you donít care about the needs of others, you havenít understood it yet. If you donít show compassion to others, you still donít understand. His grace is what sets us apart, it is what enables us to become what He has called us to be.
The puppies were for sale, the cost $5.00 each. The boy looked at the puppies when he noticed that one of the puppies limped. He asked the man selling them about the puppy. He was told that the puppy was born with no hip joints. That is the one the boy chose. The man who was selling them said that the puppy could never run or play, perhaps another would be better suited as a pet. The boy assured him that the crippled puppy would be just perfect, he gave the man $5 and got his puppy. It was as the boy walked away that the man saw for the first time that the boy had braces on both of his legs and walked with a limp.
Those who are wounded and hurt understand. Those who realize just how much grace means realize that we are in this thing together, hurts and all. We are not alone. The Father is with us, yet we are the fellow strugglers together in this thing called life. It is a great discovery to know we are not alone.
Now check out the Process of Grace. In verse 10 we read the phrases, "you have suffered a little while." We will all suffer from time to time. It is simply a part of the process of life itself. When you are suffering donít throw out all the things the Father has done for you, remember them and hold on.
"He will himself restore you.." God is not going to forget about you. I know this because He has promised it to us. The Heavenly Father will never break a promise.
"And make you strong, firm, and steadfast..." The end result of the process will be so much better than you can see or realize.
The song of grace reminds us that we are in a dynamic, changing, growing relationship with the Creator of the Universe. His grace is sufficient, it provides us with all we need, and then we rediscover joy and freedom. And that is something to sing about.
To Be Continued...
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