“For the grace of God 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.” (Titus 2:11-13, ESV)
God’s grace is not simply a “get out of jail free card.” And, it’s far more than God promising me a life of favor and blessing. Take a second look at what this passage says…grace trains us to become something. It disconnects us from the world system. It transforms our character, and plants our hope in our ultimate redemption from this existence.
So, how does it work?
Grace is God’s absolute and freely given love and favor—no strings attached. It’s His way of saying, “I want to motivate you to become who I created you to be without any coercion. I don’t manipulate. I paid the ultimate price; I gave you my Son! I have removed all obstacles and unchained every hindrance. I have made my relationship with you real. Simply respond to my love, move in the direction of my goodness, and you will find life.”
This is the beauty and glory of the gospel. God doesn’t make us do anything; He draws us into perfection by drawing us into the place of His greatest love. He invites us into the best by giving us His best. Why wouldn’t we respond?