“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” –2 Timothy 2:1
What is Grace? – the unmerited favor of God.
We stand not on our failures or achievements but solely on God’s Grace. Then we will be strong and have strength to be holy and upright because with His grace, it teaches us to deny worldly lust and that we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world (Titus 2:12).
Just as Paul extorted Timothy to be Strong in God’s grace so is Jesus speaking to us today to be in His grace strongly that we may day by day be able to resist all of the devil’s lies and temptation (which are only meant to get us out of the way!) By God’s grace we will make it to heaven.
- If we look at our failures we won’t grow in God’s grace because we will feel undeserving of Him and feel un-confident to deal with the enemy’s attack. But thank God our confident isn’t supposed to be based on us but on Jesus!
- If we look at our achievements then we are bound to fail and fall in sin because our much skill and ability will never keep us from sin. Only Jesus can help us do that who was in every point tempted as we were yet found without sin. (Hebrews 4:15) And He will do it for us if we trust in Him.
- Finally, If our trust is in Him, if it has been grown by the reading of God’s word then we will be strong in His Grace! Everything else we build upon will fail, but not His Word when we trust in what it says. What are we building on today? His Word, our ability, our past failures?
When you’re in God’s grace, when you are rejoicing in the Salvation Jesus Christ has given you, you wont care if you just got your favorites pants dirty after eating! Why? Because your pants are going to perish but not your soul! There is something of eternal value that you have a sense of and nothing can by any means take it from you! “..and your joy no man taketh from you“ – John 16:22
God’s Favor is only found Through Jesus Christ. We must admit and confess our sins to Him, turn from our sinful paths, and reconcile into His loving arms if we wish to recover from a sinful fall or if we have been taken by the trends and flow of this evil world. And of course, if you want to know God today and be saved!
the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. – John 2:17
We can’t go wrong with that! God is looking for a people whose hearts are pure, shown by their clean lives, being unspotted from the world; visiting those in trouble and in affliction (James 1:27). Such life is the result of God’s Grace and not done under of own efforts. – – God Bless!