Summary: By God’s grace we are motivated to do right, to live right. 1- By God’s grace we humble ourselves 2- By God’s grace we honor others 3- By God’s grace we use our gifts
INTRO.- You’ve been graced by God whether you realize it or not!
ILL.- When Billy Graham was driving through a small southern town, he was stopped by a policeman and charged with speeding. Graham admitted his quilt, but was told by the officer that he would have to appear in court. The judge asked, "Guilty, or not guilty?" When Graham pleaded guilty, the judge replied, "That'll be ten dollars -- a dollar for every mile you went over the limit."
Suddenly the judge recognized the famous minister. "You have violated the law," he said. "The fine must be paid--but I am going to pay it for you." He took a ten dollar bill from his own wallet, attached it to the ticket, and then took Graham out and bought him a steak dinner! "That," said Billy Graham, "is how God treats repentant sinners!"
I never had a judge or a police officer extend that much grace to me. Although I was given a speeding ticket in 1968 for doing 40 mph in a 20 mph zone. The officer extended grace and made the ticket for 30 mph instead of 40. It cost me $20 or $2 a mile. That was gracious of him but here is what grace is all about!
II Corinthians 5:21 “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
II Corinthians 8:9 “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”
Isn’t this a beautiful text? Wasn’t it a beautiful thing that Jesus did for us? He left the riches of heaven for the poverty of earth so that we could become rich in heaven!
Wow! I don’t know of anyone else who would do that for me or for you! Jesus did for us what we could not do for ourselves. He gave up everything for us. He traded places with us in order to save us and give us a home in glory!
And God’s grace covers an even larger area than our salvation. It covers all of life!
John 1:16-17 “From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” One blessing after another and all from His grace. WE HAVE BEEN GRACED!
Acts 6:8 “Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people.”
Grace and power. Do they go together like a horse and carriage? I think so. This means when we experience God’s grace, the more power we will have in living the Christian life. AMEN! Power to do what? To live for Christ. To speak for Christ. To do good for Christ. To be better than we would ordinarily be.
Now grace has led to where we are today and grace will lead us on in living the Christian life. What does God’s grace cause us to do?
PROP.- By God’s grace we are motivated to do right, to live right.
1- By God’s grace we humble ourselves
2- By God’s grace we honor others
3- By God’s grace we use our gifts
I. BY GOD’S GRACE WE HUMBLE OURSELVES