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Titus 2:11- For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 

Heavenly Father, your grace “appeared” in our lives like the sun burning through the bleakest skyline; like an artesian spring in the middle of the driest desert; like a Coast Guard rescue basket lowered to us in a raging sea; like Jesus speaking words of resurrection to a dead Lazarus, “Come forth!”

Your Spirit "hand-delivered" your saving grace to us, for there’s no other way we could have/would have received it. We praise you for the irresistible, indefatigable, inexhaustible grace you've poured out on us generously in Jesus. Grace for all people, for none of us is beyond the reach or the need of your grace. Indeed, we'll need the gospel today just as much as the first day we believed it.

12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age… 

Now that we’ve been justified by your grace, we’re being taught, trained, and transformed by the same grace. You get all the credit, Father. There’s no other way we could ever become like Jesus. Father, thank you for working in us both to will and do the things that honor you. Thank you for calling us to live at pace of grace--saying “Yes!” to more of Jesus, and “No” to the things that contradict the gospel and godliness.

13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 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. (NIV)

We now live by hope, not hype; with peace, not presumption; in your mercies, not our merit. Thank for your commitment to complete the good grace-work you began in us. When Jesus returns, we will see him as he is and we will be made completely like him. Until then, keep burning the dross from our lives; keep rescuing us from under-believing the gospel; keep intensifying our love for holiness, beauty, and good works. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ exalted and loving name.


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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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