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Devotional - week of October 1, 2006


grace on public display 

 

… [present] your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.  Romans 6:13c-14

 

When a believer places himself under grace by obeying the commands found in Romans 6:11-13, he is delivered from the law.

 

The believer that lives under the law is living in the flesh. He is living for God in self-effort. By doing so, he is keeping the flesh in control. As a result, he has to deal with the temptations to do the works of the flesh. He may even be the cause of someone saying, “If that is Christianity, I do not want anything to do with it.”

 

The believer that lives under grace does not have to struggle to make things happen for God. He simply permits God to be the leader, the love, the wisdom, and the power in his life. God is able to do His own works of righteousness through him. This believer’s life has become a vehicle through which God can express Himself.

 

A believer that lives a life of grace always calls attention to the God of grace. Think of the impact made on others when a person’s life is turned around because he has been saved by grace. When others know the reason for the changed life, God is always glorified.

 

Because of the sovereign grace of God, a new believer lives in grace for a relatively brief time. During this time Jesus has complete control over his life and God is being glorified. However, in a relatively short period of time, it is a common experience for a new believer to begin serving God in his own wisdom, love, and power. This happens because he does not know how to live by grace.

 

It is not necessary for any believer to continue to live under the law and serve God out of his own resources. He can return to the life of grace that he experienced in the first weeks or months of his Christian life by living out the five commands found in Romans 6:11-13.

 

Just as the Christian’s conversion to Christ results in a demonstration of the grace of God, his daily life can become a vivid demonstration of the grace of God continually. Grace is on public display.

 

The believer who lives by grace may witness of God’s grace in many ways. He can witness in both speech and action for Jesus. Many will be touched by his witness, some of whom he will never know.