Grace for Sinners: Now What?

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:17)

How can you possibly respond to the grace of God? Once you really understand what it is – that what seems way too good to be true really really is true – what is the only logical response to the God who gives love and forgiveness to those who have earned rejection and hell?

grace_350One response makes sense: Worship. That’s it. You can’t “pay God back” for saving you. You can’t get busy “earning” his gift of eternal life. He doesn’t want you to spend the rest of your life focused on yourself, anyway, feeling guilty for what’s been forgiven or feeling determined to prove yourself to him.

The only logical thing for the grace-receivers to do is to spend our lives focused on him. That’s what worship is, and it’s what Paul turns to in today’s verse after telling his story of grace.

Honor and glory to the forever King, the only God, forevermore.

Think: What are some lousy ways that Christians might be tempted to respond to God’s grace? How have you participated in the worship of our good God this week?

Pray: Tell God about his greatness and about your love and appreciation for him.

Do: Make a quick list of three things you could do during this next week to express worship to God.