I received a message from young man in which I use to babysit when I was a teen. He told me there is a message being posted throughout his town saying, “It is OK not to believe in God.” It is a slap in the face to us Christians who know there is a God and He makes a difference in all the world in our lives. Although some might not notice, or agree or even ignore the sign, we the people of faith need to step up a bit with an expression of grace. We must extend God’s grace to a hurting person who has needs. God will help them through you. If we ignore the possibilities to help, then we contribute to the sign…..
As a Christian we must express grace and truth in our mission, message and ministry. God has given us a mission to be an instrument of His grace to others. We should always communicate God’s grace by what we say and also by what we do. Your life is a message that people read. You are an ambassador of Christ in both word and deed. We must not only have grace but truth. When people give grace with truth they lose realism. When they give truth without grace it becomes legalism. Religion condemns people and is an act but a relationship with God shows true love.
To receive the grace and truth that we need for others we must spend time alone with the Lord every day. We must submit ourself to Him and acknowledge and obey His voice. God will impart His reality to us to be able to pour out to others. The more we sense this reality in our own life the more we will have to give to others. When you touch somebody’s life and those you reach can touch others. Jesus said to make disciples and whether you realize it our not your ministry of grace and truth to individuals may have more impact than if you were preaching to thousands. Let God’s grace flow through you and it will change nations!
Prayer: Father forgive us when we do not stand up and proclaim your grace and truth through our words and actions. I pray that we are faithful in reaching others and showing your love to the world. I pray that all people who don’t believe or even know you that you will pour out your spirit on them and take away the scales of unbelief from their eyes. Let our mind be your mind, let my thoughts be your thoughts flowing from me to reach others. I praise you for your grace, mercy and truth. In Jesus name. Amen.
2 Corinthians 9:8 God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all-sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.