Message for July 14, 2013 from Pastor Jerry

“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Pet. 4:10(NKJV)      

Jesus told a story about a master that gave his servants portions of goods.  To one he gave 5 talents, to another 2, and to another one.  He told them to do business until he returned.  Two of the servants were obedient but one did not use his talent wisely.  The two were blessed but the third lost even what he was given.

        Let us consider the above verse of Scripture as a reference to God’s grace that was given to us in Christ Jesus.  What does it mean to be a good steward?  A steward is a household supervisor and keeper of some possession.  We are called stewards of God’s grace.  If this is true we must give an account of our use of the Grace God has given us.

What is grace for?  It is far more than keeping one from going to hell.  It is given to aid us in everyday affairs.  Our life will only be as successful as the grace we use to live it.

        Grace makes it possible to be in right standing with God.  However, grace also gives us the things necessary for life.  If we do not use grace in our lives as it was intended, we will find ourselves living against our nature.  Why live a life of “futile events” when you can live a godly life filled with the grace of God.

        Grace is not a license to sin.  On the contrary, it is a license to be righteous.  You cannot be righteous by your works that only comes through grace.  Anybody can sin by using the flesh but only those saved by grace can be called righteous.  By the way, it makes a difference the way you live.  Try it and see the results.

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