Our life is like a house…I know, I know, many of you have heard this from me before, but I think it is worth hearing again. Before we know God or understand the concept of God we are on the front porch of the house and God is wooing us to come to the front door. This is something called Prevenient Grace. This is the grace that goes before all human beings. God wants all human beings to freely come to be in a loving, free relationship with Jesus. God is always calling everyone into that relationship. Sometimes God even using people like you can me to in this calling of other people. When we finally tune into that call, we open the door to the house and step inside, that is called Justifying Grace. Justification is a realignment of the life of a person with God. I believe that for many this is as far as they get in their relationship with God. To continue to use the overused metaphor, we open the door to the house, but fail to enter the house. We fail to move through the door. But we have to move through the door. We have to from relative to real, from something God does “for us” to something God does “in us,” from our outward relation to God to our inward relation to God, from the restoration of us to the favor of God to the restoration of us to the image of God. This movement from the outside to the inside allows us to move into the long journey of sanctification. In our image of the house, it is a moving from room to room, moving deeper and deeper into the house. Sanctifying Grace is the ongoing movement towards Christian freedom found in loving God and neighbor and involves the practice and acceptance of the means of grace.
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Read: Ephesians 2:1-10
Questions to Consider:
- Did you have a “justifying grace” moment in your life?
- Have you ever felt like God was using you to help move someone else along their path?
- Do you have some “rooms” that need to be “cleaned out”? What Means of Grace might you try out to help with this? https://www.umc.org/en/content/the-wesleyan-means-of-grace
Prayer: Thank you God for this Fall Bible Blog, for this chance for us to have come together as a community to study together, while scattered apart. Help us now to rest and refocus as we get ready to settle into November and soon Advent. We love you. Amen.