I started getting some email devotionals a few months ago hoping that it would keep me on track with doing daily devotions.
I still don’t always do devotions daily, but it has helped. This week, I read a thought-provoking devotional from The Navigators about grace. Here is some of the devotional:
The good news of the Gospel is that God’s grace is available on our worst days. That’s true because Christ fully satisfied the claims of God’s justice and fully paid the penalty of a broken law when he died on the cross in our place. Because of that, Paul could write, “He forgave us all our sins” (Colossians 2:13, NIV). . . .
If God’s blessings were dependent on our performance, they would be meager indeed. Even our best works are shot through with sin—with varying degrees of impure motives and lots of imperfect performance. We’re always, to some degree, looking out for ourselves, guarding our flanks, protecting our egos. It’s because we don’t realize the utter depravity of the principle of sin remaining in us and staining everything we do that we entertain any notion of earning God’s blessings through our obedience. And because we don’t fully grasp that Jesus paid the penalty for all our sins, we despair of God’s blessing when we’ve failed to live up to even our own desires to please God.
Your worst days are never so bad that you’re beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you’re beyond the need of God’s grace.
The second paragraph made me think about how that I sometimes try to please God with my obedience or performance. Although we should try to live a righteous life that will bring glory to Him, I should not be doing what is right to just “perform”. I am doing right because of the One who lives inside of me and enables me to do what is right. My ability to perform will never be enough; it will just lead to discouragement when I fail.
Because of God’s grace, we can be confident that even on the bad days, God is not done with us.
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Philippians 1:6
And on the good days, we can be thankful that it is God who has worked in us to let His light shine through us and it is His power that enables us.
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Isaiah 60:1-3
The verses from Isaiah do have to talk about the the joy the Jews would have when they came out of captivity, but I like this quote from Matthew Henry:
The children of light ought to shine as lights in the world. If God’s glory be seen upon us to our honour, we ought not only with our lips, but in our lives, to return the praise of it to his honour.
Again, my goal for living a righteous life is not to impress those around me or to do to live rightly out of a sense of duty. My goal should be to live in a way that would bring glory to God. His grace is all I needed to save me, and it is all I need to live a life that is well-pleasing to Him.
Here were a couple of posts that I enjoyed from last week’s party:
- He Notices Me — El Roi from Blogger Loves the King. I just wrote on El Roi, so it was neat to read another post about this name of God.
- 5 Benefits of Reading Aloud from Sunshine Readers
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