- Believe in God’s grace-
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope — the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Titus 2:11-13
“Believe in God’s grace. But that means suddenly having the rug pulled out from under your feet, means standing where no person can stand, means undertaking something infinitely absurd and infinitely courageous, means seeing God rather than the world, means seeing God’s abundance rather than our own misfortune and guilt, means becoming extremely small and seeing God become great, means taking seriously the incomprehensible contradiction that God does indeed want to have something to do with the world – despite everything, and means recognizing that God is greater than all distress and greater than our own hearts which condemn us.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Meditation and Prayer, edited by Peter Frick (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2010) 32.
I am glad I chose abundance as my word for 2018. It’s like putting on a pair of glasses to help me see the world the way God sees it. Everything’s right side up! In this reading by Bonhoeffer, we are exhorted to believe in God’s grace as it changes everything, and enables us to see His abundance. But why must Dietrich exhort us to believe in it?
It’s other worldly. It reveals forces at work beyond all comprehension. For example, I am praying for God’s grace to help me get home to Denver this morning despite a snowstorm. I believe in God’s grace.
I think many live like grace is “too good to be true” as it is so different from how the world functions. It’s antithetical. Thus, with regard to possessions they think they have earned all they possess. They don’t realize that all they have received are gifts of grace. How can we help these folks? Live like you believe in God’s grace. Jesus saves us from ourselves and shows us how to live abundantly in this present age.
Many people won’t believe until they see. Show them what happens when a person believes in grace.
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