Devotional week 9

As Christian men its time to grit our teeth and get what needs done, done. At one time in my life I struggled with laziness , and even though I am in college, at times laziness can seep into my school work along with minimalism.

Colossians 3:17  “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

What’s it going to take to put Colossians 3:17 into practice? It starts by memorizing the verse, then taking it seriously, then living it out. Lets do it men!

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Cheap grace

Romans 6:1-4 “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abounds? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Were were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”

It is evident in Christianity that grace through faith is the means by which we are saved. Does it have to stop there? When a person accepts Christ, they accept his grace, and forgiveness of sin, but the problem in the church today is that people are accepting Christ and living as if grace was free. Grace is free to accept, however, grace in itself was not free. People receive it, yet, without knowing it, defy the conviction of the Holy Spirit, because they can relax and know that they are already forgiven for the sin they are about to commit. They accept it, and never come to know that grace, though free to accept, was the most expensive thing to purchase in all of history. It cost God EVERYTHING. It cost God, Jesus, a life of temptation in a human body, yet He was never able to put down the weight of his temptation and give in. He bore the full weight of temptation, the full weight of my sin and yours, and He endured incredible physical suffering, almost unimaginable to the 21st century. All for…grace. The gift we accepted way back when, the gift we take for granted by not honoring God. The gift that gives us the power over sin and death. The gift that empowers us to “walk in newness of life.” The gift that destroyed the law, so that we could live for Christ. The gift that the world needs to hear about. The gift that cost God everything.