Grace For The Journey
Let me start by saying in no uncertain terms:
GOD IS ATTRACTIVE ALL BY HIMSELF AND
HE DOES NOT NEED ANY OF US TO MAKE HIM SO!
Now that I have said that, let me add that our sinful behavior can obscure the beauty of our Christian faith and harm its blessings.
The Bible says in Titus 2:9-10, “Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, that may adorn (make attractive) the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.”
Truth be known, the way we live our lives before a watching world will, in large measure, determine the level of attractiveness that others see in the Gospel we preach with our lips. God has called us to live out practically what we are positionally, thereby making the teaching about God our Savior attractive to those who are watching us.
- When we find it more important to be right than loving, we make the Gospel unattractive.
- When we refuse to extend forgiveness to someone who has offended us, we make the Gospel unattractive.
- When we find ourselves with so many possessions that they begin to possess us, we make the Gospel unattractive.
- When self-protection trumps self-sacrifice, we make the Gospel unattractive.
Think of the countless ways we can make and have made the Gospel unattractive with our words and our deeds as we live out our faith before a watching world. The Bible levels a stinging rebuke at us: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you” (Romans 2:24).
But God wants so much more for us! If we are going to consistently make the Almighty Attractive we must to follow His formula for doing so. This is a recurring theme of the Grace for the Journey blog, but it is a theme we should be continually reminded of, because there simply are too many voices in this world trying to distract us and derail us from living it out.
The Bible says in Luke 9:23, “[Jesus] said to them all: “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”
When we deny ourselves we make the Gospel attractive; when we deny Jesus we do not. When we take up our cross daily we make the Gospel attractive; when we leave it lying on the ground we do not. When we follow Jesus fully (not perfectly) we make the Gospel attractive; when we forsake Him we do not. To be sure, the good news of the Gospel is attractive all by itself, but God has ordained to deliver it through you and me. And in doing that, He calls us to make it as attractive as we possibly can by pointing to Jesus and putting Him on display.
The more we die to the self, the more we live for our Savior. At this level of living we are pursuing God’s purposes for our lives in the expansion of His kingdom and that, beloved, makes the teaching about God our Savior attractive.
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”