Today’s Scripture: But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. TitusĀ 3:4-8

A husband and wife went to a check-in desk for airline tickets. After making their purchase, they were bumped up to the first-class seating area. They were able to enjoy good food, hot coffee, and the spacious passenger compartment. They wondered if anyone else had been fortunate enough to join them. They noticed a man playing with the different amenities and causing quite a disturbance. A few attendants were about to escort the man to the economy section of the plane when they discovered he was the owner of the airline!

While the owner deserved special treatment, he abused his privileges. On the other hand, however, the husband and wife respected their privilege and were able to enjoy their flight. Sometimes we do the same as Christians. Let me explain…

We all know that, as Christians, we become children of God-an honor that guarantees an eternity in Heaven, access to God, the peace and comfort of an eternal relationship with Him, and His grace. Some Christians feel that the benefits of Christianity-namely, grace-allow them to “play around” with sin. Other Christians realize how undeserving they are of this favor and live in grateful submission to His will at work in their lives.

What will you do with grace? Will you use it to motivate a life of surrender to Christ, or will you, too, abuse it?

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.