11 For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people.12 And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God,13 while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.14 He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.
The grace of God is an amazing thing. Grace is one of fundamental differences between following Jesus Christ and every other religion and philosophy of the world. God’s grace means that salvation is not dependent on what we do, but on the love of God. God’s love is primarily seen the death and resurrection of Jesus. Through his death on the cross Jesus took care of our sins and rescued us from the clutches of evil. Jesus’ resurrection guarantees us that we are part of God’s new creation. The gift of Grace puts joy in our lives and love into our hearts. Our lives should be different because God has poured His grace into them.
God’s grace has the power to change our lives. No longer are we doomed to live life without hope, without love, or purpose. God’s grace opens up the way for us to live following the example of Jesus and being guided by the Holy Spirit.
In this passage from Titus we discover three ways God’s grace makes our lives new.
1. Our lives are new because God gives us new life. – v. 11
This life doesn’t always feel new because many parts of it stays the same. We will have the same family, many of the same friends, the same job, and the same problems. This new life gives us new purpose in the midst of the old parts of our lives, and it gives us new hope for the future as we wait for God to come and make everything right. Before God’s grace are lives were filled with meaningless activity as we looked into a hopeless future. After God’s grace our lives are given meaning and purpose as we look forward with hope to the day Jesus will return and save us from this creation corrupted by sin and finish his wonderful new creation. All Christians are part of this new creation.
2. Our lives our new because God gives us new limits. – v. 12
We don’t like the idea of limits . Though limits are an essential part of life. Limits help us understand what we need to avoid and what we need to do. Every good relationship requires limits. A marriage without limits will not last and a friendship without boundaries will disintegrate. For us to enjoy the blessings of God’s grace means that we need to remain in the limits of God’s will. Since God loves us and wants what is best for us, we can be certain that these limits are for our good, and will bring us the greatest joy in the end.
3. Our lives are new because God gives us new longings. – vv. 13-14
The experiences of this world are often what is the most real to us. This reality means that most of our longings are for the things of this world. We want to make more money, to have better relationships, to be recognized for the work that we do, and to buy some cool things. Yet, if we look deep into our hearts we will discover other cravings. These cravings are actually are deepest longings, and the more we follow Jesus, the greater we experience them. Longings for intimacy, truth, meaning, justice, and restoration. We become more compassionate and generous as we long for the day Jesus returns.
One reason that God’s grace is amazing is because it makes our lives new. This new life is hard to explain to someone who has not experienced it, but for us who have new live, we know God’s grace has totally changed the way we live. I hope and pray that we don’t take God’s grace for granted and that we will take time to thank Him for the difference He has made in our lives.
Thank You God for your amazing and wonderful grace.
Questions to consider:
- How does God’s grace make Christianity different from other religions?
- In what ways have you experienced God’s grace in your life?
- How has God’s grace made your life new?