What will you do with Grace?
Finish the Work
July 16th, 2019
Think about it.
Jesus told us about the three servants and the talents. The expectation was that when you are given something it is given in the anticipation you will use it to grow it to be more than what you were given.
In all of the sermons and lessons I have heard regarding the talents I have yet to parallel the grace given to us, like these talents.
God likes order. No fewer than three times through the scripture he has established a clean slate from which we have been given the opportunity to start fresh.
First there was creation, the obvious clean slate. Humanity was created in a perfect environment and had every opportunity to flourish under the guidance of the creator.
Then when there was no one good upon the earth God found favor in Noah. Because of his faith in God, righteousness was attributed to him. Because of that righteousness, Noah’s family was saved, resulting in the second clean slate.
The most recent clean slate was salvation by grace. Unlike the first two clean slates this one was purchased by God’s Son with his own blood and for everyone that believes in him gave them a clean slate.
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
John 1:12 (NLT)
A new life, now by grace devoid of the weight of sin. A cleaner slate you’ll not find anywhere!
“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.”
Isaiah 1:18 (NLT)
Giving us this clean slate of salvation, shouldn’t we feel just a bit of obligation to do all we can to bring glory and honor to the one that purchased our freedom from sin?
He is Lord and Master we are servants in his Kingdom. His benevolence has given us grace based completely on our faith in his power to redeem us from our debt of sin.
What can I, we give back to one who has given everything to us? The only answer is everything in response. All our love. All our devotion. Our complete and utter dedication to his will and the surrender of ours. Obedience and commitment, to the one who gave us life in exchange for our death.
But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.
Acts 20:24 (NLT)
Paul pronounced his life’s worth entirely based on his commitment to the mission Jesus left for him and every believer to ensure that the Good News of the Gospel, that despite our guilt and our sin, regardless of what we have done or ever will do, while we lost in depravity; he was reaching down to pull us up through his grace to redemption and life with him and for him.
What will we do with so great a salvation?
So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. For the message God delivered through angels has always stood firm, and every violation of the law and every act of disobedience was punished. So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak? And God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose.
Hebrews 2:1-4 (NLT)
He said if we love him, we will obey him, yet when we are commissioned with the greatest charge possible to carry his Good News to the world, being his disciples and making disciples of the entire globe, we desert the mission.
We are too busy, too embarrassed, to afraid, and unwilling to do as little as declare what Christ has done for us, so that we need not die in our sin and corruption, but live life eternally with him in his glory!
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT)
“So what makes us think we can escape
if we ignore this great salvation
that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself
and then delivered to us
by those who heard him speak?”
What will you and I do the grace given to us? There is only one reasonable response.
Be obedient, love without restraint, forgive with abandon, and “Finish the Work”, we are called to!
How does this pair with our plans for today and every day? With the impact his grace has made on our existence, we have no greater charge than to give everything for him who gave all to us.
In the Grace of Jesus!