Does grace reign in you? This is an important question for every believer. If grace doesn’t reign in you, either sin or self-righteousness rules you. Neither brings life or freedom. Only grace does. Abundantly. When grace reigns in you, all is well.
So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:21, NLT,*)
Jesus calls us into freedom, into selfless living. Then it’s not us living but Christ living in us. This requires continual surrender. Each morning there is a battle within you. Do you let grace reign in you or do you try to be righteous on your own, earn grace if you will? Or does easy living call your name to become an abuser of grace?
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. (Romans 12:1, MSG,*)
Only when grace reigns in you, you are able to live in true freedom. We are not to submit to sin or live self-righteously without Jesus. But we are to live with Jesus, grace ruling in us. Then God is doing the transformation in us and we can rest in his grace.
Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. (Eph. 3:17, NLT,*)
What a joy it is to enjoy God instead of pressing on self-righteously. There’s no freedom in performing religion. But there’s endless freedom in Jesus. So each morning make a decision of grace reigning in you that day. It’s a gift for yourself and to others who see you shining, reflecting the love of Christ to the world.
Thank you for your amazing grace.
Help us to truly live in it, every day of our lives.
Do not let us accept substitutes for grace;
emulating it on our own strength or abusing it
will not bring life or freedom we seek and need.
Pour out grace upon grace, Lord.
Let us find the joy in your grace
and share that joy with all we meet.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Q4U: Are you satisfied with emulating or abusing grace? Or are you in for the real thing? How is radical grace changing your life?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace grace for your life source!