For the grace of God (Jesus) has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, (Titus 2:11, 12 ESV)
- The Grace of God trains us to be like Jesus!
- Jesus died so we can say NO! to being selfish ungodly people and instead say YES! to be his people that are zealous to do acts of love, to be like him!
But wait there is more good news...
Paul says that he is certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6 NLT)
- the training grace of God that is at work in you will be completed, God will be faithful to transform you into someone who is like Jesus, filled with love and grace, not selfish but self giving!
Praise the Lord! Thank you Jesus!
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed... that exhilarating finish line with God! (Hebrews 12:1-3 MSG)
- we are running this race, with the Breath (Holy Spirit) of Jesus in our lungs, he has already finished and won the prize for us! now we just need to complete our lap...
OK so let's be zealots of love and grace, forsaking all selfishness.
We can do this! I know we can because God will be faithful to see us cross the finish line!