If someone offers to pay your debt, spit in his eye. Let’s find out why in this post of Saintly Sinners!
Last time we talked about how God gave us particular gifts to help us along in life. Most importantly, we learned Jesus lives His life through us. That is if we let Him. But how is this done? Through what we call the Means of Grace. These are physical things that God has left to every member of His Church to strengthen us in Christ. They are:
- The Word of God
- The Office of the Keys
- The Sacrament of the Altar
Go And Wash
So Naaman came with his horses and his chariots and stood at the doorway of the house of Elisha. Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean.” But Naaman was furious and went away and said, “Behold, I thought, ‘He will surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper.’
2 Kings 5:9-11 NASB
Just like Naaman, most Christians of today utterly despise the gifts God has left us. Surely we must contribute to the work of God they think. He would never do such things Himself. Over the next few weeks, we will go through the last three in the above list (the fourth being a part of each of these). It is my hope that I will be able to show you the importance of each of these beautiful gifts God freely gave us.
The truth is, grace is free.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it isthe gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9 NASB
Many cannot seem to get over their desire to pay for salvation. They almost need to earn it. Consequentially these Means of Grace are ultimately neglected. The Word of God no longer has a place in their lives. Instead, they must fill every minute with tasks to make their time worthwhile. Baptism is reduced to a bath, Communion to a snack, and God surely has no place in forgiveness, only judgment. Such Christians will have much to answer to God for one day.
The truth is God is powerful.
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
Zephaniah 3:17 ESV
He not only sent Christ to die on the cross for our sins. He also left us with the means to draw ever closer to Him, despite our consistent failures. The gospel is that His Word is powerful to save. He can and will deliver us. He is the well of water springing up to eternal life.
Do you find yourself exhausted by daily life? Does the work week never end or bring so much stress you cannot breathe? Then come to the well. Let God wash you in His Word preached and refresh you with His grace.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 NASB
This week we had an introduction into the Means of Grace and prepared ourselves to discuss them in the coming weeks. Between now and then I would love to hear from you. What have you been taught about these things? Do you have any questions about them you would like answered? Let me know in the comments below or send me a private message through my Contact Page.
Until then, “be a sinner and sin boldly, but let your trust in Christ be stronger”. God love you and keep you. Amen.