Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Welcome Grace Fans

(Read: Romans 12:1-5) 

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.  -Romans 12:3 (KJV) 

For many years churches have maintained signs on their premises which provide the church name and other basic information.  Many of these signs also have a place where sayings, Scripture references, and brief announcements may be shared with the community. It’s the announcements and sayings which tend to be problematic.  In an effort to be clever or witty many a church sign has come across in a manner other than what was intended. 

I did see a nice saying on a church sign just the other day.  All last week here in Bristol it was race week as NASCAR came to Bristol Motor Speedway.  All over town restaurants and gas stations posted signs which read, “Welcome Race Fans.”  The church sign I am referring to posted on their marquee read “Welcome Grace Fans.”  Now, that one made me think.  A house of worship should indeed be a place where fans of God’s grace are welcome. 

What does it mean to be a “grace fan?”  This is a follower of Christ who seeks to daily walk in the grace of the Lord Jesus.  God has demonstrated His love for us in that while were still sinners Christ died on the cross for our sins (Romans 5:8).  Having experienced the grace of God first hand we then strive to share this wonderful grace with a lost and hurting world. 

A fan of grace is a person who is Christ-like, gentle, kind, self-controlled, forgiving, Christ-centered (as opposed to self-centered), joyful, peaceful, and willing to give sacrificially in the name of Christ.  These traits are an outgrowth of the grace of God functioning in us. 

So, are you a grace fan?  If so then share the grace of God with those around you.  Reach out in Jesus’ name and let His light, and grace, shine.

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