PUT GRACE TO WORK
It has become a common phenomenon to hear Christians say correctly ‘I am under the dispensation of Grace’ and use that as licence to get away with anything. The most deceptive line I’ve heard and used is ‘I’m not Jesus so I CANNOT be perfect’.
I was preparing to teach a lesson today and I discovered contrary to popular belief, that grace does not reduce our responsibility for right living; it increases it.
Before you crucify me, follow me to Matthew 5. Jesus the giver of grace himself tells us that under Grace:
Calling someone a fool could lead you to hell
Refusing to pursue peace means unacceptable offerings
Swearing Oaths are forbidden
Remarriage after divorce is adultery
You have to love your enemy
Expunge revenge from your dictionary
Perfection is the goal.
This is an impossible list you may say. I know…I used to think like that to until i was reminded that:
Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! 
When Jesus came and died, he not only gave me salvation, he also gave me his perfection and the ability to maintain it.
I can be perfect!
You can be perfect.
I just need to put the Grace that Jesus gives me to work by cultivating an intimate, personal knowledge of God.
Grace raises the standard but it also increases the capacity.
I need to put the grace of God in my life to work and stop being lazy.
I need to be able to say like Paul: I’m not going to let God’s grace go to waste.
Who’s with me?