What are you going to do with all that love and grace?

This week's devotional is from Pastor Ben Kerns.

ENCOUNTER:  Read 2 Corinthians 5:11-21

"And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again."  2 Corinthians 5:15

In Jesus Christ, we have all been given an A.  We are made righteous and holy and have been given identity and purpose as daughters and sons of the God most high!  This is the heart of the good news of the gospel.  And unfortunately, it has become news that we have grown inoculated to.  

We must do whatever it takes to remind ourselves of the truth!  The truth about who God is, the truth about who we were, and the truth about who we are now!  

Simply soaking up the love will still leave us wanting.  Just like eating a huge meal over and and over again, we simply become fat and lazy.  Food was designed to give us energy to work, and in the same way our new identities as receivers of unending love and grace is designed to transform us and inspire us to be about the work of the Kingdom! 

So the take away from this simple truth is to turn the corner from receiving love and grace to now be the conduit of that love and grace towards other.   The real question now is how are you actually going to put this into practice.

BE REFLECTIVE:

When you reflect on this passage from 2 Corinthians, what does it say about who God is, who you were and who you are to be?

What are some of your favorite passages of scripture that talk about God's love and grace?

How have you seen God's love and grace transform your life?

BE A BLESSING:

The end result of Christian maturity is to become the hands and feet of Jesus, to be the conduit of His love and grace.  Who in your world needs to experience true love and true grace?  How can you practically pull that off this week?

What is one thing that you do often that is simply a pleasure or luxury for yourself?  Try to give that up today and instead give it away for free to someone else.

BE TOGETHER:

It is difficult to remember who God is, who we were, and who we are to become.  The best way to keep these truths in front of us is to have people who will walk with us and spur us on towards love and good deeds.  Who can you invite into that process with you?