June 21, 2018
2 Corinthians 6:1-3…“As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain.” vs. 1
As Paul heard the news from Corinth, he realized that some of those who had received the good news of Jesus with enthusiasm were beginning to drift away. It seems that they didn’t understand that God’s grace was more than a theological prescription for salvation, that it was actually intended to make a difference in the way believers lived. What he noticed has proven through history to be a tough distinction for Christians to make. Even though millions of people have made confessions of allegiance to Jesus, many seem not to have been touched by the power of grace. Often the personal lives of those calling themselves Christians are indistinguishable from the lives of those who are unbelievers. They claim to know Jesus but their hearts tell another story. Most of them will drift away from our congregations, but societal and cultural pressures keep others close. Why hasn’t the power of grace worked in their lives? It’s a good question but it really doesn’t do any good to lament the presence of the unrepentant among us. In fact, we should be glad that they hang around. It just may be that someday the love of Christ will penetrate their unyielding hearts and they will be transformed. In the meantime, our mission is to keep on proclaiming unconditional grace and daily check our own lives for the fruits of the Spirit.
Thought for the Day: How is my life different from that of an unbeliever?