Living in the Grace of Christ
Day 5: Monday, March 11, 2019
”I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ…”
According to Paul, we are called by God to “live in the grace of Christ,” which first means that we are “called” to grace. Grace is much more than one choice among many other equally good choices. Grace is our purpose and our reason for being. Choosing anything other than a life lived in grace is a choice against who we are and who we are created to be.
Secondly, living in the grace of Christ means much more than seeking grace in order to gain entrance into life beyond the grave. We are called to “live in the grace of Christ” in the here and now. The grace of Christ is to be the atmosphere in which we move and breathe; the force that shapes who we are and are becoming; and both the power and motivation behind our every act.
We are to live in the world as gracious beings—not in the sense of being well-mannered, but in the sense of being merciful, forgiving, compassionate and generous. We are called to be people who live our lives by the free-flowing grace of God and who, thereby, extend that grace to everyone and everything we encounter, beginning with ourselves. We are called to be graceful — not in the sense of being elegant and poised, but in the sense of being full of grace. We are to live as grace-filled people in a graceless age. Graciousness and gracefulness (as redefined above) should be the identifying marker of our lives and the most immediately visible sign that we carry the love of God within us.
Read: Galatians 1:6-12
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
• If, as Paul says, we are “called to live in the grace of Christ,” how then is it that we as Christians are often some of the most ungracious people on the planet?
• What do you believe is the biggest obstacle to living a grace-filled life?
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