Living in the Days of Grace
Key Verse: Luke 4:21
“… and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”
Additional Reading: Luke 4:14-21
After Jesus’s temptation a special anointing came upon Jesus, according to Luke 4:14: Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. What was this power for and how did Jesus use it? As we follow His journey through the Book of Luke, we see Jesus use his power to preach a message of Good News! It was a new day in the history of man and in the Kingdom of Heaven. Most theologians describe this as the “Days of Grace”; the Lord’s favor has come to earth to stay! This period of God’s timeline will last until the rapture when God takes Believers from this earth into His glorious eternal Kingdom.
This was, and is, great news! You and I are living in the Days of Grace, a day when God extends to us His favor that we don’t have to earn; in fact, we can’t earn! Jesus paid the price for our sins and all who will believe in Jesus’s work and receive Him into their lives, live without condemnation, and free from the power of sin.
As John describes in First John, his short letter: “My dear Children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father” (1 John 2:1). This verse reminds us that we must fight the temptations that come our way, God expects us to say “no” to these temptations and “yes” to His Will for our lives. However, if we do fail in a battle, Jesus will advocate for us, pleading our case to the Father. The song, “Holy Water”, says this concept best: “I don’t wanna abuse your grace God, I need it every day, it’s the only thing that ever really makes me want to change”. (by the group, We the Kingdom).
In other words, we must be very careful not to take God’s favor for granted and abuse His grace that He has extended to us who would receive it. Yes, we fail God… yes, we sin, at times against Him. Jesus is, indeed, pleading to the Father for us. But if we are not doing our best to fight temptation and decide to simply live the way we want to and hope God is okay with that, we are abusing this wonderful grace of Jesus!
The good news that Jesus brought us, and the whole world, is that if we will trust His work on the Cross, then we will be forgiven of our sins and brought into the Family of God. When we do this, we too will be given the power of the Holy Spirit, as Jesus relieved for His life on this earth. This same Spirit reminds us and convicts us when we start moving away from God’s perfect Will for our lives. The Holy Spirit points out any sins that we indulge in and pushes us to repent. We never lose our free moral choice but as John writes: “But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7)
How blessed we are to be living in the Days of Grace. God is on our side, loves us with His lavished love, and is willing to forgive us when we sin. Let’s enjoy these days but not abuse them. I’ve never forgot a saying in my Sunday School teacher’s classroom, “discipline is the yoke of a free man”. It has reminded me over the years that as I work on being disciplined in my life, I feel good and free from the damage of sin. Let me remind you that being “free” doesn’t mean that you don’t need to fight sin. Sin slowly takes away our freedom and puts us into its bondage, as many of us can testify.
Father, thank you for loving me so much that you allowed your own Son to die for my salvation. I will rejoice in my freedom and live in a way that honors you. In Jesus’s Name, amen.