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Receiving The Grace of God
6/1/2017

We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 Corinthians 6:1 (NKJV)

I don’t know about you but the more I see and learn about the world outside the United States, the more I realize just how much we have been blessed by God—He truly has shed His grace on thee.  Unfortunately, I feel as though there are many who have taken God’s grace for granted, or in vain. 

I think this is exactly what the Apostle Paul was warning those in Corinth not to do—receiving something in vain.  In this case he was pleading with them, not to receive the grace of God in vain” (2 Cor. 6:1).  What I also find interesting is Paul was speaking to both believers and unbelievers alike.

So, How can we receive the grace of God in vain?  Well, for the unbeliever it is when they spurn the invitation to be forgiven for their sins by repenting and choosing to accept Jesus’ payment and become a follower of Him.  They would rather choose to live for their own selfish desires and the things of this world, rather than choosing to live selflessly for Him and eternity.  By making this choice they take His grace for granted, and as a result His grace upon them was for naught. 

Now for the believer, to receive the grace of God in vain is when someone comes to Him asking for His grace (unmerited favor), forgiveness and mercy for their sin.  But after they do this they choose to continue to live in this same sinful lifestyle.  There is no visible difference in their lifestyle after their profession of faith, because they have chosen not to use the power of God to purge themselves of every habitual sin contaminating their body and spirit.  As a result, there is a huge gap between their faith and their conduct. 

I think as Christian men and women we need to look at our lives and understand God’s calling clearly (1 Cor. 6:19-20; Rom. 12:1-2).  We are told in Scripture we have been forgiven of our sin and given eternal life, but we have also been given the power to break the bondage of sin in our life (Rom. 6:12-14).  This life-changing power has been given to us to transform us to be more like Christ (Rom. 12:2), and to become a new creation in Christ Jesus. 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

If you find yourself in a recurring pattern of sin then you’re not allowing the power of God to transform your life in this area.  I want to encourage you to seek God today and choose to surrender your will and submit to His.  Confess your sin and ask God to change how you view this sin—asking Him to allow you to see it as He does.  Now determine with His strength to turn from this sin (Phil. 4:13).

STUDY QUESTION: According to 2 Corinthians 5:17 what happens once we have made Jesus our Lord and Savior?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there any area in your life where you are choosing to continue to walk in sin and are receiving the grace of God in vain?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek to let God change every area of your life where you are being tempted to do things you know are not in His will.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your amazing grace.  Thank You for forgiving me of my sin.  Lord, show me any area within my life today where I need to change the direction I am going and allow You to heal me.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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