For the grace of God has 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, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possessions who are zealous for good works. Titus 2:11-14
Dear Lord Jesus, if there’s one teacher I want to excel under, one curriculum I need to master, one school I want to do well in, it’s the academy of God’s grace. In the past, I’ve either taken education too seriously, turning grades into idols; or I’ve been irresponsible—doing just enough to get by. But when it comes to grace, I want to get “schooled”—big time.
Your grace first appeared to me like a longed-for sunrise after the bleakest night of darkness. It came, quite literally, bringing salvation to me—for I could never find it on my own, earn it through my efforts, or even desire it, apart from the Spirit’s work.
And this is the grace of your gospel, Lord Jesus: You gave yourself for us on the cross to redeem us from sin, to purify us for yourself, to make us zealous to do good. Anything less, more, or other is not the gospel.
So as one under the pedagogy of your grace, Jesus, help me say an emphatic “No!” to everything that robs you of your glory, and an enthusiastic “Yes!” to everything that promotes your honor and reveals your beauty.
Jesus, continue to teach me the difference between an uptight life of rigidity and a freed-up life of godliness. May my repentances be more notorious than my sins, my kindness more obvious than my “rightness”, and my forgiving come quicker than my resenting. May the blessed hope of your future return free me to live and love to your glory, this very day. So very Amen I pray in your tender and triumphant name.