What is life all about? What are we here for? Perhaps some of you have thought those questions before. Or maybe some of you have wondered why God does not just come and take us to heaven now? What are we supposed to do in the mean time? The Evangelical faith of which our Baptist roots are a part of, while rightly focusing on salvation by grace through the faith of Christ, has often limited grace to the forgiveness of sins. The forgiveness of sins is certainly a huge part of God's grace, but God's grace is so much bigger. God's grace allows you to live each day, each moment of your life with God. Jesus called this living in the Kingdom of God, or under God's rule in our lives.
What does this mean? It means that living life with God is just one moment of grace after another. When we wake up in the morning, instead of being burdened by all we have to do, we see our lives as gifts from God. Jesus will be with us, so we do not have to carry all our burdens on our shoulders. That's amazing grace! When we encounter people in our everyday lives, between us and them is Jesus, and so we are kept perfectly safe by Him. This enables us to see people as He sees them and allows us to love them. That's a gift of grace.
During the month of August we are going to talk about Life With God. The Bible has another word for this - discipleship. There are many different definitions of discipleship, but Bonhoeffer's is my favorite - "complete attachment to the person of Jesus."
I love you all and hope to see you Sunday!
- Bro. Ray