We make such a mess of our lives. Day in and day out we live for ourselves, elevate ourselves in pride, and pursue the our fleshly lusts. But the mercy and grace of God is an ever-present reminder that restoration is mere repentance away. Instead of living for ourselves, God’s grace helps us live to serve God and others. Instead of elevating ourselves in pride, God’s grace enables our exaltation and glorification of Him. And instead of pursuing our fleshly lusts, God’s grace strengthens our pursuit of Him as better than anything in this world. Jacob’s story reminds us not only that God keeps His promises, but also that He redeems sinners. If He can take lying, cheating, selfish, arrogant Jacob and change him to Israel, and if He can take bitter, revengeful Esau, and change him to reconcile with his brother, then He can take each one of us, forgive us, restore us, and use us to serve Him and His church. This is how God confirms His choice, by changing us through His grace. May God continue to change us as we submit to Him in faith.
Sunday at Liberty
- SS: Unending Dominion (Daniel)–Daniel 7: Dominion Proclaimed, 2
- AM: Pastor Rory–Genesis 32:1-33:20; 35:1-20–Confirming God’s Choice: Jacob & Esau, 2 (sermon notes)
- PM: New Members’ Service–Fellowship to follow