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Titus 2:11-15 - Hard Working Grace

Grace does much more than just save you, it teaches you to pray that God's will be done in your life.


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Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 124


Q. What does the third request mean?


A. “Your will be done on earth

as it is in heaven” means,


Help us and all people

to reject our own wills

and to obey your will

without any back talk.

Your will alone is good.


Help us one and all to carry out

the work we are called to,

as willingly and faithfully

as the angels in heaven.

 

Summary

We live in a day and age that seeks to limit the gospel's effect in our lives, that as long as a person is vaguely familiar with Jesus, then they can count themselves a Christian regardless of their lifestyle.


The truth is, while this "Christianity Lite" attitude is certainly present in our day and age, it has always been a factor; it's nothing new! Paul had to instruct one of the earliest pastors on how to counteract this warped thinking.


The grace that God offers certainly does offer salvation to each and every person who "declares with their mouth that 'Jesus is Lord' and believes in his heart that God raised him from the dead (Romans 10:9)." It is just that easy to be saved!


But here we read that after bringing a person to a knowledge of their salvation, grace keeps on working! Grace goes on to "teach us to say 'no' to ungodliness and worldly passions (v12)." In other words, it teaches us that, as the catechism puts it, "God's will alone is good."


So God's grace not only teaches you about salvation, it teaches you to "live a self-controlled, upright and godly life in this present age (v12)."


Dig Deeper


Christianity is much more than a 'deep relationship' with Jesus. It's a lifelong process, in which grace begins by turning your obstinate heart of stone into a believing heart of flesh (a moment that most of us who were raised in the church may not remember in particular).


The Christian life - fueled from the very beginning by this gift of grace alone, delivered through faith alone, because of the work of Christ alone - is a life that increasingly learns how to pray with conviction one simple prayer in every realm of life: Thy will be done.


You have been "redeemed from all wickedness and been purified by Christ to be his very own." Therefore, be a disciple who is "eager to do what is good (v14)." Since only God's will is good, pray often that His will be done in your life as it is in heaven.


  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our Father, who by grace offers salvation to all people;

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that God's will be done, on earth as it is in heaven;

  • ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED:

 

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