Tuesday, October 6, 2015

EmmDev 2015-10-06 [Month of Mission 2015] The riches of His grace leads to purposeful lives for us

The riches of His grace leads to purposeful lives for us

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.      (Ephesians2:6-10)
A story is told of an elderly couple who lived modestly for many years on their small farm that did not give them so much. Eventually they sold the farm to a developer. Working on a natural feeling, the new owner decided to drill and discovered a supply of oil worth millions of dollars. For years, the couple had lived on untold wealth and never knew what they already have and eventually owned.

This story refers to so many Christian believers who live ignorantly of the wealth they have in Christ Jesus. Living the life of faith unawares of the vast riches they have in Jesus Christ. In Jesus Christ every believer has treasury of the untold blessings from God. These blessings are immeasurable and eternal; even death can't take them away from believers. They are priceless and no money can buy. These blessings are the riches of divine grace.

God's grace is something God does for the benefit of His people just because He loves them, not because of something they have done to earn it.  Grace is a gift - it's always totally free. If we accept the pardon that God offers us, not only will we not die, He then gives us a life that will never end. That is God's AMAZING GRACE! God's Grace is "the power of God to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves". Grace means God's love in action: it means God becoming human so that we may be like him. It means God making Christ to be sin for us, that we may be made the righteousness of God in Christ.

Here on earth we have good work to do: We are ambassadors of God hence we must stand up against every form of ungodliness committed against God's people and the creation as a whole. We should fight every form of evil be it corruption, racism, child and women abuse, ecological degradation - the list is endless. Our purpose is to let the kingdom of God come here on earth. That God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We are given the ministry of reconciliation; reconciling people with God, each other and nature.

And we believe God is at work in us and in the world: making everything new. And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new" Rev. 21:5
Mukondi is the current Moderator of the UPCSA and a minister of St Mungo's United Church in Diepsloot. He enjoys ministering to the poor, he loves touring, sports specifically soccer and boxing. He loves reading, listening to traditional and African gospel music.

Theo Groeneveld
Emmanuel Presby Church
theo@emmanuel.org.za Cell: 082-5510752

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