PJ’s Daily Devotional for Friday, March 17, 2017.
I will never forget where I came from or who I was before Christ. When I remember from what God has saved me, I am then motivated by grace to live in faith, hope, and love. The gospel of Jesus Christ has transformed my desires and ambitions and now the grace of God motivates me to live my life for a wholly and holy different reason.
I wonder what motivates you and how you live your life?
Paul reminds Titus of the grace of God: “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.  But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,  he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,  whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,  so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:3-7).
I struggle with the word, “deserve.” There is a part of me that likes to be accurate so I cannot forget that what I deserve is God’s wrath for my sin. I don’t like it when people tell me what I deserve, and they usually tell me that what I deserve are good things. I appreciate their heart to bless me, but when I hear the word deserve, my mind immediately goes to the gospel and that Jesus Christ took onto Himself what I deserve (death) and gave me what only He deserves (life)! The word deserve reminds me that ALL that I am and ALL that I have is by God’s grace alone!
The truth of God is so clear: “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy” (Titus 3:4, 5a).
Romans 6:23 teaches it clearly too “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Ephesians 2:4-5 also proclaims it so clearly and boldly, “BUT GOD, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.”
What is the motivation force of my life?
It is God’s saving grace, God’s richness of mercy, God’s goodness and loving-kindness . . . BUT GOD = THE GOSPEL!
BUT GOD! My life is now a love letter back to Jesus Christ for what God did to save me and to call me into a relationship with Him.
BUT GOD! I now have a new power source that is greater than my ambitions and appetites: “the Holy Spirit whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior (Titus 3:6).
BUT GOD! I now have a new and greater hope than my own success and self-actualization: “being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:7).
BUT GOD! I am now honored to live because of God’s grace: a stability for my soul firmly anchored in the solid rock of Jesus Christ; a security unparalleled by anything the world has to offer; a wholeness amidst the shattering of life’s illusions; and a guarantee sealed by a love that knows no limitations.
Lord, please hear my prayer, “I love you Jesus and I live for you alone. My deepest desire and most heartfelt prayers are that you would make me a Galatians 2:20 disciple: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” I submit all my life to you and lay all I have at the foot of the Cross as my sincere worship (Romans 12:1, 2). Please accept my worship as a fragrant aroma to You in Jesus’ name, Amen.