Live Well! Genesis 9

geese_formation_470x353Read Genesis 9:1-17

The good news i see form this passage is that God INITIATES grace and maintains it. Thats good news. But the problem we face today is that often this is not how we see God. Christians might profess it, but do we/they live into the reality that God is the giver of all good things and is actively extending His hand toward us/them? There are days when we believe that God is holding out on us, that He is being stingy. We are inclined to selfishness, and need contracts to ensure our rights.

We are not unlike the man who, after his plane was cancelled, barged his way to the front of the line to confront the sole gate agent who was trying her best to get people where there needed to go. The man yelled at the agent saying he was flying first class and demanded to go on the flight. The agent politely explained the situation and asked that the man take his place in the back of the line. The man blew up at her, and said, “Do you know who I am?” To this the agent calmly picked up the microphone for the PA system, and announced to the entire airport, “This is Delta desk 64; we have a gentleman here who does not know who he is. If anyone can come and identify him please do so.”[1]

We are not unlike the man in this story. We are inclined toward selfishness. We need contracts to ensure that our rights are ensured. And we take this attitude and place it on our perception of God. He becomes stingy in our minds. But the good news is that God is not contractual, He is covenantal. He is the giver of all good things, and loves us. God initiates grace and maintains grace. And that is good news for us today.

The covenant God made w/ Noah includes us. It is an eternal covenant and covers us. Noah’s covenant of common grace sets up God’s future covenant w/ His people, the repeated promise that God gives, saying, “I will be your God and you my people.” The covenant of grace initiated by God to His people blesses us w/ forgiveness for our selfishness. It sets us up for adoption as His kids. It blesses us w/ the Holy Spirit, and guarantees our final glorification. God’s common grace paves the road to His special grace. The grace made possible by the death and resurrection of Jesus is an everlasting covenant. And like Noah’s covenant, this new covenant is not dependant on human actions, but on God’s free and gracious commitment to us. The good news is that God initiates grace and maintains grace. The covenant God made w/ Noah includes us today.

So what shall we do now/with the good news? We are simply called to accept the covenant and live into it. The covenant requirement for humanity is to accept the promises of God by faith and enter life in the covenant, to live into the call to live life to the full, to set aside our selfishness and orient our lives around the purposes of God, loving and worshipping Him, while loving and honoring those around us. So live well! You are called to do it. And may we be found faithful, setting aside our selfishness, and living into the abundant life of Jesus, loving God and those around us in His name.

[1] http://www.businessballs.com/stories.htm#angry_customer_story

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