Google & Grace

Titus 2:11
We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and
devotion to God (v.12).

For the Internet that brings connection has appeared
to all men. It teaches us to say ‘Yes’ to YouTube and
Facebook, and to live me-controlled, self-indulgent
and quick-fix lives in this present age, while we wait for
the blessed ‘beep’—the glorious appearing of our friend
on MSN.”

When a friend created this quote, by replacing some
words in the NIV version of Titus 2:12-13, and shared
it with us, it made us laugh! Yet, after the laughter, we
were reminded of a sobering reality: That’s not the way
we ought to live. Rather, God’s Word states: “We are
instructed [by the grace of God] to turn from godless
living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil
world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to
God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful
day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus
Christ, will be revealed.”

As believers in Jesus, we’re to be people instructed
by God’s grace, not Google. Titus 2:12 teaches us that
God’s grace in Christ is the true basis of instruction and
motivation for the Christian life.

By God’s grace, Jesus took our punishment and died
for our sins. He died so that we could become the people
God wants us to become (v.14). The cross is a testimony
to the fact that God’s grace can change our hearts no
matter what we’ve done. It also reminds us that we’re
never good enough to not need it.

The grace of God calls us to turn from the wrong things in life to obedience
and the right stuff. It’s more than the basic definition of “unmerited favor.” For it’s
not only unmerited favor to have God’s life in us; we also experience unmerited
power to live God’s way for Him. —Poh Fang Chia

Read 1 Corinthians 1:10 to see the effect
God’s grace had on the
apostle Paul’s life.

Where do you find
instructions for life—
God’s grace or Google?
How have you been
responding to His grace?


Perception of Beauty