For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, Titus 2:11-12
Grace. God’s grace. God’s incredible, amazing grace toward us.
It’s probably the most awe-inspiring concept that we can imagine. A Being so mighty that He determines when (or if) every human being takes the next breath. The One who created life, who created time, who created the earth and the planets and the galaxies…That One, who always has existed and always will…chooses to love us when we are so much less than He. Not only does He enjoy us and feed and shelter and clothe us, but He, who is perfect and just, chooses to forgive our weak, ungrateful, sinful natures and bring us into fellowship with Him. Knowing that we deserve a death sentence, He instead gives us a full pardon when we plead our case through the greatest Mediator ever, and promises us an amazingly perfect future with Him!
Grace brings salvation; we are saved by grace. That concept is foundational to the Christian faith, but the verses above go on to tell us more about grace.
Grace is a teacher! It instructs us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires. It teaches us to live sensibly, righteously, and godly.
God’s word was written to be timeless. It wasn’t intended to be read as a quaint legend or even as a history book. It gives us background, yes, but it is designed to be applicable to me, to you, today! In the present age. We have a tendency to think that the time we live in is worse—more sinful, more corrupt, more ungodly—than any other era. Reading history proves that it’s really not much different. Men have been corrupt in all ages since Eden. And God’s grace still provides the antidote.
It teaches us to Deny… Deny anything that is not of God, anything that is only of value in this world.
It teaches us to Live… Live sensibly! Such a plain word–sensibly–and yet it actually encompasses all the rest. What could possibly be more sensible than to be righteous,, to focus on the One who made us and has absolute power over us? Why would we not want to please the One who can make us perfectly happy?
It teaches us to live as God desires, rather than according to our own ignorant and selfish whims. Grace is not just a savior, but my teacher.
Am I learning the lesson?