April 6, 2021 – Titus 2:11-14
Just coming off the Easter holiday, we have spent time during Holy Week reflecting what Jesus did on the cross for us. We feel blessed to have a Savior who loves us so much that he gave his life for us. I remember a time when someone I knew had no idea what Good Friday was other than it was a holiday and they didn’t have to work. I remember explaining to that person about the gravity of the events of Holy Week and the amazing thing Christ did for us to save us from a life stuck in the pit of despair.
That person had no idea what the Bible or Christianity meant. I found that odd. At the same time, I was not the holiest person you would ever run into. Although I knew what Holy Week was about, I sure didn’t live like I had any understanding of it, until I experienced God’s grace.
You see, oftentimes we don’t realize just how amazing God is until we find ourselves in a space of needing God’s grace. And you know what? He shows up. He shows up for us right where we are. In the middle of messes. In the middle of brokenness. He is there. And if you have ever had someone come alongside you when you are in crisis, you know how amazing that is.
The extraordinary thing is this…. God can free us from our sin if we let him. If we are willing to do the work to turn away from that which tripped us up. He can set us back upright and put us on a better path for our life. I have seldom heard anyone say that they want to go back to the very thing that tripped them up or tore them down. Instead, we want to stay on the right path.
God lays out that path for us. Turn away from that which trips you up and instead, devote your life to doing good and being devoted to God. We no longer need to be tied up in shackles of our past, but we can change the way we live and glorify God with our actions, heart, and attitude. The whole world may not change, but we can change with the help of God.
Questions for reflection:
- Are there things in your life that are keeping you from experiencing the total freedom Christ has given you? What do you need to turn away from?
- Have you ever experienced God’s grace in the past and then went right back to doing the same thing again? What can you do to keep from going backward and instead move forward as a person who has been shown God’s grace and mercy?
- What are some ways you can share your devotion to God with others either by your actions or by your words?