Titus 2; Jeremiah 15-16; Psalm 126
Christianity is an exclusive religion as its doctrines teach that the only way to know God is through Jesus Christ. We do not believe that all religions are equal. We do not believe that all religions lead to the same place. That being said, Christianity is very inclusive because it sets no boundaries to prevent people from joining other than a belief in and commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Paul described this as he wrote to Titus. “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ…” (Titus 2:11-13) There are no works that can endear us to God; there is no great gift of money that we can give to anyone or any charity that will put us on good terms with God. A relationship with God, salvation, comes from His grace. This grace is available to all. As His grace works in us, we avoid evil in the world and live in a way that quietly and peacefully shows how our relationship with God has changed us. We live in our world, but our lives are more affected by our relationship with God than they are by those all around us. At the same time, we look forward to a better world, a perfect world; we look for a world when Jesus Christ comes again to reign over all creation. This relationship with God through Jesus Christ requires the payment of no dues or initiation fee. Jesus paid the cost already. This relationship will change your life if you truly embrace it. You will never regret it.
Dear Lord, how great it is to be in a relationship with You. I am grateful that this relationship begins with Your grace, for I could never earn it. I am grateful that this relationship gives me the strength and ability to live right, for I couldn’t do it on my own. I am grateful that You seek out all people to give them the chance to have a restored relationship with You.