From the Pastor’s Desk
“As we work together with Him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For He says, ‘At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.'” – 2 Corinthians 6:1-2
Holy Week has come and gone. We made it through Ash Wednesday, Lent, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. The passion, death and resurrection of Jesus reminded us of the saving work of Jesus Christ as the perfect lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son so that all those who believe in Him will not perish but have eternal life. So, what now? Now that we have been saved by grace, what’s next?
Paul reminds us that Jesus came at an acceptable time to save us in the form of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus came not to condemn the world but to save it. His grace, His free gift of salvation comes to us through faith; we could never earn it or deserve it on our own. God has helped us to be reconciled to himself through His Son … so now what?
Now comes the work that follows grace. As we work together with him, Paul urges us not to accept the grace of God in vain. If you look up the definition of “in vain,” you quickly discover that it means without success or result, to no avail, without purpose, fruitlessly. Paul is saying if we have accepted the grace of God in our lives through faith in Jesus Christ, then we must be responsible for letting that grace become effective in changing and transforming our lives.
I call this responsible grace because it is grace that elicits a response in us. It calls us to work together for the Kingdom of God. It calls us to show our thanksgiving to God through works of righteousness. It inspires us to share the Good News with others and to invite them to claim the grace that is available to all.
As people who have received God’s grace and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah during Holy Week, Easter and hopefully every day, we are now called to not let the grace of God be in vain. We are challenged to take this free gift and put it to work in our lives by living as redeemed, victorious and triumphant children of God. Our success, our purpose and even our fruitfulness will be a direct result of God’s grace and our response to that grace, as we seek to bring glory to God for His indescribable gift.
-By Pastor Miguel