For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age…”
Do you remember what it was like to be a teenager? That’s when the opposite sex became something other than — “Yuck, she’s a girl/boy!” Not only was dating in the picture — so was the prospect of driving a car. That vehicle was your ticket to freedom from the watchful eye of your parents.
Before you started dating and driving you received many lectures and instruction about how important it was to act responsibly. Your future would be affected by the choices you made. So, how did you handle those responsibilities? Did you make the right choices?
There is a place near my hometown called Hupp’s Hill. Highway 11 descends from the hill into my hometown of Strasburg, Virginia. Many years ago there was a severe accident at the base of the hill involving a carload of teenagers. They had been drinking.
One of the first men on the scene was the father of one of the boys. He joined with other rescue workers in attempting to pull them from the wreckage. Their efforts were to no avail. What that man did not know until later was the driver of the car was his son. And the car that had been destroyed was the one he had given his son. The vehicle and the bodies were burned beyond recognition.
Later, the car was put on display in Strasburg as a reminder to future drivers, me included, of the importance of responsible driving.
The young driver of the car had received a special gift from his father. His son used what he had been given irresponsibly.
The greatest gift you will ever receive is the grace of God through Jesus Christ. In today’s selected scripture we read, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age…” God is telling us that with grace comes responsibility.
We should never take God’s grace for granted. Grace means God has given us far more than we deserve. It is His unmerited favor.
The choices we make in this life should be in line with God’s instruction. We will be confronted with “ungodliness and worldly passions.” God teaches that our response in such times is to say “No!” We must learn “to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives.”
Notice too, God teaches that such godly behavior is our responsibility “in this present age.” And… our present age presents more opportunities for sin than at any time in the history of mankind. Worldly passions are increasingly accessible in a growing number of ways and forms.
No. God isn’t trying to take away all your fun. Your Father knows the dangers that await you when you choose the path of ungodliness. He wants to keep you out of harm’s way. Save yourself a lot of pain and heartache. Use God’s grace wisely.
For more on this topic, check out this article: A Roadblock Called Unforgiveness
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 1 (January – March) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.