Grace Works So Let Grace Work [pt. 2]
Pastor Phillip O’Reilly
Last week, we learned the good news that we have been saved through Grace. Because of this Grace that we have not deserved, we are no longer broken, scared, sad, angry, or desperate. Instead, we are made new – filled with hope, love, and peace.
By nature, Jesus – who lived and taught and ultimately died for us – IS grace. Jesus and His unending love are the very definition of Grace. God manifests as Grace.
Grace means we allow God’s presence to mold us into who He God created us to be. But, how? How can we know such Grace?
Receive Your Free Justification. In Romans, we learn that we are justified freely by God’s Grace. We don’t have to do more or work harder to “earn” it. It’s given, freely. Without consequence and without debt.
Stand In Grace. We have to be aligned with Grace. We have to allow ourselves to be firmly planted in Grace so that we can stand strong and endure challenges that present themselves.
Get Under Grace. Again, in Romans, we are taught that we are not under the law, but we are under Grace. This does not mean that the umbrella of Grace gives us leeway to do whatever we want. We cannot purposefully sin and claim Grace as our safety. Instead, we have allow Grace to enable us to be better.
Let Grace Abound. Grace makes us want to do good things. We have to allow Grace to penetrate our hearts so that our feeling of living in Grace will translate into doing good and being gracious towards others.
Let Grace Be Sufficient. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says that “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” We don’t have to rely on our own strength, and we are not held down by our own weaknesses. Grace covers all of that. Grace is enough, so we have to trust it to be enough in our lives.
Let Grace Reign. When we allow Grace to become ever present in our lives, we are giving Jesus our whole hearts. And by letting Jesus have full control, we will walk, talk, and breathe Grace. Grace will be the first thing people see when they encounter us. And what better way to bring others into the Love of Jesus?
Grace is not some once-and-done type of thing. It is not something that only comes once. Just because you’ve already experienced Grace doesn’t mean you’ll never experience it again. Grace is everywhere, all around, every day. Grace is here. Grace is now.