Choose Life – “The Grace Place”– An Uplifting Verse from the OYB reading of the day – December 11

Scripture:  Revelation 3:1  NASB    “The Grace Place”

“‘ . . .  ‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.'”  Revelation 3:1

 

Are you a faker?   I hope not!   It’s pretty easy to fake the Christian life.  All you have to do is look good to other people.  Of course, that’s hypocrisy.

It’s better to live in “the Grace Place” even it costs you a few friends.  The Sardine church was not living in the grace place.  They were “put-ons.”  People thought they were super-Christians but they were legalists and hypocrites.  Their story is told in Revelation 3:1-6.

They did not study end times, one of the things that would have kept them honest.  John reminds us to keep the Second Coming in mind since it will encourage us to purify ourselves in view of the day we will meet Him (cf. 1 Jn. 3:2-3).

What is the Grace Place?  The Grace Place is where Jesus lives.  Find Him and you’ll find the Grace Place.  That’s where the Word lives, it’s where there is grace for forgiveness, it’s where people are learning and growing in their relationship to Him.  Anything outside of the Scripture is Legalistic Alley.  Don’t stay there.  Find the Grace Place.

 

If you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!

Fun Application:

Sometimes, if you can do it, you can find an actual place to be your “grace place.”  It might be a room, under a certain tree, anywhere that is quiet where you can go and be alone with God.  When I was in seminary, there was a “prayer room.”  I loved it.  It was quiet and filled with overstuffed chairs.  When I was there, I was alone with God.

You don’t need a physical place to get into your “grace place.”  It can be anywhere that you get alone and experience God’ “unmerited favor,” His grace.

It’s good to crawl into your “grace place” every day, if you can.

Can you climb into your “grace place” today?

 

 

The purpose of Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog:  The Sardines

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