Has God’s grace changed you?
When someone encounters God’s grace, it totally changes the DNA of their heart.
Consider the story of Zacchaeus found in Luke 19:1-10. Jesus comes to town and chooses to personally visit a chief tax collector known to be a cheat. We don’t know much about their time together, but clearly it changed Zacchaeus. He professes that he will give half of his wealth to the poor and return to those he cheated four times the amount.
That’s what happens when we look in the eyes of grace; we are changed at our very core.
Not to say that we are now perfect; far from it. But we are transformed, made new. When we accept Christ, we receive the Holy Spirit and as Paul says, “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…” (Galatians 2:20).
If you call yourself a Christ-follower and you’re going about life like you always have, wrestling with the same temptations and wallowing in the same sin, I urge you to consider your relationship with Christ. It is possible to know about Jesus without really knowing him, a theme that has been prevalent in our blog the past few weeks. However, it’s impossible to have a relationship with Christ and it not impact your life. We should all find it easier every day to put the flesh to death and act out of the Spirit, growing more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
This Sunday we are singing songs focused on God’s grace. I’d encourage you to listen to them throughout the week, reflecting on the cost of the grace offered to you and how it changes your daily life, not just Sunday mornings.