G.M.C–Grace Motivated Christians

Some people go down the road driving a truck or SUV with the following letters on the front: GMC. This is a product of the General Motors Company. Mature believers are driven down the road of life because they are GMC. That is, they are Grace Motivated Christians!

The gospel of grace is fabulous news. Paul was sent “to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). He wrote, “Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Rom. 5:1-2). We are justified people because we stand in a state of grace. When we recognize how great His grace is for us, we will be able to realize what His grace does in us. Those who serve God best are those who appreciate His grace the most. Hear the words of Paul: “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (1 Cor. 15:10). Grace causes us to work and  work hardest when we are Grace Motivated Christians!

His grace helps to build us up! In Acts 20:32 Paul said: “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” God’s grace toward us is designed to motivate and strengthen us in living a certain way. Grace is not “cheap” but it is “deep.” God’s grace can draw the best out of us because it creates “awe” in us. The grace that reaches us is grace that teaches us. Titus 2:11-12 tells us that the grace of God teaches us to live godly grace-filled lives: “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared unto all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in this present age.” The grace that sought us and brought us has taught us to live right because we are Grace Motivated Christians!

This is what we find over and over in the New Testament. God saves, we serve. God rescues, we respond. God supplies the spiritual wealth (Eph. 1-3) which leads to a spontaneous walk (Eph. 4-6). God’s grace reached down to us, which causes us to reach up to Him and out to others. The wealth that Paul describes in Ephesians chapters 1-3 leads us “to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:1-3). Grace motivates us to move which helps us to improve. All believers may not drive down the highway in a GMC truck or SUV…but some of us are driven by God’s grace to seek to be all that we can be…Grace Motivated Christians!!! Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15) and His amazing grace.

Wayne Dunaway

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