June 30, 2011

Called to Grace

1 Peter 5:12-14

I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.
1 Peter 5:12


John Newton’s hymn “Amazing Grace” is a favorite of many people. We all hunger for the grace that “saved a wretch like me,” assures us of safety “through many dangers, toils, and snares,” and builds our confidence that grace “will lead [us] home.”

Today’s text invites us to “stand fast” in the “true grace of God.” Only you can decide whether God’s grace is merely a favorite song or a conviction of the heart in which you will courageously stand.

Is there any other gospel that declares that I am God’s precious child born by grace? Is there any other religion that clothes me in holiness as a gift of divine love? Is there any other faith that allows me to live confidently and without fear of the future? The answer is a resounding no.

I don’t want a gospel that says, “Earn salvation for yourself.” I don’t want a religion in which obedience is motivated by fear to appease some “wrath of the gods.” I don’t want a faith that’s uncertain about the future.

I want true grace—the unmerited favor of him who calls me out of darkness, who clothes me in holiness, who gives me confidence that his kingdom will never end. And I receive that grace with confidence, for I know that God gives it as his gift! I hope you know it too!

Dear Lord, as your child I love you; as your holy child I obey you; and as your living child I give testimony to your grace and glory by living your call. In Jesus, Amen.

About the author — Calvin Hoogendoorn

Rev. Calvin Hoogendoorn serves as senior pastor of First Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Previously he served two churches in Illinois. He and his wife, Carla, have three daughters.

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