“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works” (Titus 2:11-14 ESV).
“Therefore, an apprentice of Jesus is restructuring and reorganizing his or her life in order to spend time with him to learn from him how to be like him. It’s making every serious intention to become holy love as God is. This requires a lifestyle of constant engagement with the transforming grace of God.” – from What is a Missional Community? by Jason Zahariades.
Apparently, the Christian life isn’t supposed to be a haphazard affair. Grace is often taken as license, but the verse from Titus above states that it is the revelation of God’s grace that teaches us to be godly.
This is the time of year that people talk about resolutions. Yahoo has a career resolution page up that I thought was interesting. Most resolutions seem to fall by the wayside, but I think I’ll make a resolution I can keep: In 2007 I will try harder to figure out how to be a faithful, grace-filled apprentice of Jesus Christ, and help others who are interested in knowing and walking with Him to do the same.
It probably wouldn’t hurt for me to resolve to lose weight, but I prefer to make resolutions I think I actually might keep….