Text: Job 1:1 – 3
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,”
Titus 2:11 NKJV
Grace makes us inexcusable before God. To a believer, accepting failure and defeat in life is to receive the grace of God in vain. To the unsaved, the grace that brings salvation has appeared to every one, leaving everyone who misses the great salvation, indefensible before God.
“God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation is available for everyone! We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life.”
(Titus 2:11-12 MSG).
When you hear someone say something like this, “Nobody can succeed in business without giving bribes or lying”, you have only seen someone who is ignorant of the available grace of God or one who has received the grace in vain.God won’t call into business without making available the grace to stand upright and to succeed in it. Job was a man who stood out as a wealthy and upright businessman in the midst of the godlessness of his time. Our text describes him thus, “and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.” (Job 1:1). Three qualifications – blameless, upright and feared God! Wow! In spite of these rare godly attributes, see how he was described, “Also, his possessions were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very large household, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the East.” (Job 1:3). He was the wealthiest, most respected and most influential!
This spiritual state can only be attained through grace. Grace is an enabler. According to Titus 2:12-13 (MSG), it takes grace for anyone to turn his or her back on a godless, indulgent life, and to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. The NKJV says grace teaches the believer to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age. The teaching of grace is a continuous one.
Friends, stop justifying your sinful actions, as you will never be justified before the One, whose eyes are too pure to behold evil (Hab 1:13). And God will not change or reduce His standard to accommodate your sinfulness. Rather, cleanse your mind from every negative thought and the thoughts of defeat. Ask for sufficient grace to help in that need and grace will surprise you. Hallelujah!
1. Father, please, let me never receive Your grace in vain in Jesus name.
2. Father, please, help me to daily turn my back on a godless life, and to take on a God-honoring life in Jesus name.
1. If God calls me to business, He also makes the needed grace available and accessible.
2. I don’t justify any sinful habit but I challenge the sin and I ask for grace to help in that need.