when saving grace is not what I thought

Correct me if I’m wrong, God, but …

You didn’t “just” cleanse us by Christ’s blood for us to feel good about ourselves, but to serve You and know You intimately.

“… our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” (emphasis mine) Titus 2:13,14, ESV

You didn’t “just” initially save us from death, You continually offer salvation – escape – from dead works.

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13, ESV

You bought our freedom at a unfathomably high price not so that we could do whatever we felt like (we already did that), but so that we could do what we were formed from the very beginning to do.

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” (emphasis mine) Galatians 5:13,14, ESV

Your grace doesn’t “just” save – it trains us to obey.

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.”(emphasis mine) Titus 2:11,12, ESV

So, God, maybe saving grace isn’t what I thought. It would be a lesser grace for You to have saved me and then left me to do whatever I wanted to with no standards, no convictions, no training, no empowerment to live in obedience to Your Word.

But You didn’t give me that lesser grace.

You gave me saving grace that I will never understand. because Your grace saves me as I am without leaving me as I am.

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” (emphasis mine) 2 Corinthians 9:8, ESV

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