Text: Titus 2:11-15
“Grace is the voice that calls us to change and gives us the power to pull it off.”
- Max Lucado
What would my everyday life look like if I understood—really understood— that grace influences my choices and how I respond?
I am a freak about being on time. As you can imagine, it can really set me off when my son is running late for school. Recently, I had an exceptionally bad morning which led to me flying down our street, taking air over speed bumps, yelling and ranting, all at the same time. As we came to a stop at the end of our street—where, ironically, I was about to make a right turn—I looked over and saw a boy with slumped shoulders and tears in eyes. My heart sank as I realized my anger, frustration and ugly words were hurtful and out of control, and we were not late. I quickly pulled myself together and thought about the grace God was giving me in that moment as I silently repented of my self-righteousness. As we continued our drive, I apologized for my outburst and asked my son for forgiveness. Our conversation was calm, gentle and kind. His physical demeanor changed, with shoulders rolled back and a smile on his face. When he got out of the car, he said, “Thanks, Mom. I love you.”
God’s grace is a gift, and with that gift comes responsibility to be a student of God’s word so that our character can be shaped to become more like Christ. As we are trained by grace our rugged edges are smoothed out, and our responses and how we treat others will change. Thanks to the Holy Spirit, we learn to self-correct when we get off track. Thank God He loves us in the process!
Grace gives life, and that life sets off a chain reaction. We learn, we experience, we grow, we change–and we pass it on. “These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority” (Titus 2:15, NLT). Wow! It is a challenge that can be accomplished because His spirit lives in us, trains, equips and encourages us along the way so that we can be obedient Change Agents, fueled by grace.
And so our daily life goes on. There will be mishaps and there will be mistakes, yet let us be inspired and motivated “to live self controlled, upright, godly lives in the present age…” (Titus 2:12).
What right turn in your character is God training you to make so that you might be more like Jesus?
Guest writer Debbie Eaton is a Southern CA girl who is passionate about the impact of daily influential God moments we have with one another. She deeply values being a follower of Christ, a wife of 27 years, mother of a teenage son, the beauty of friendship, writing, speaking, leadership and a good cup of coffee. She was the Director of Women’s Ministry at Saddleback Church.