Clothed in Grace – Bethel Church and Ministries

Clothed in Grace

Habits of Grace series

Over the past few months, we have collectively been studying the habits of grace. Grace is the gift of God, and it does not simply begin and end at the moment of conversion. Grace changes how we live, compelling us to keep learning and growing in Christ. We are commanded by Jesus Himself to go and make disciples. In order to make disciples, we must first be disciples. Discipleship comes as we practice the habits of grace. These God-ordained channels infuse us as believers with His transforming power as God uses them to make us more like Jesus.

As we have seen throughout this series, creating these habits in our daily rhythm requires intentionality on the part of the believer. The enemy will work hard to keep us from experiencing the abundance of eternal life. Therefore, we must stand firm, disciplining and training ourselves for godliness, which “is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8).

Allow me to briefly review the habits of grace we’ve studied:

  • Bible intake – saturate yourself with God’s Word, savoring His truth
  • Prayer – speak often to the One who has spoken; communicate with Jesus
  • Meditation – move God’s Word from your head to your heart
  • Contemplation – rid your mind of stinkin’ thinkin’ and be renewed by God’s truth
  • Community – live as the body of Christ, fully devoted to one another
  • Repentance – continually recognize sin in your life and humbly confess to God and others
  • Generosity – joyfully give of your time, words, talents, and resources; spend yourself for the glory of God
  • Stewardship – show up, invest in people; make your life count
  • Sabbath Rest – cease striving, get away with God, make rest a regular rhythm of life

We know these habits of grace. The question is this: are we practicing these habits of grace?

Are you practicing these in your personal life? Does your weekly rhythm include these spiritual disciplines? Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying, “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” If the end goal is to look more like Jesus, we must choose to insert habits into our day-to-day lives that will infuse us with God’s transforming power.

A habit is defined as “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.”[1] Interesting to note: a second definition describes a habit as “a garment [clothes] worn by a member of a religious member or congregation.”[2] The habits of grace are in essence, the clothes of grace. It is what covers us in our pursuit of holiness and the practice of godliness. When we practice the disciplines of grace, or rather clothes ourselves in grace, it becomes a settled tendency, one that is hard to give up. We will desire to take in the words of Scripture, meditate on it, memorize it, and contemplate the implications of it. We will spend our days in ongoing communication with God in prayer. We will humbly acknowledge and confess our sin. We will be devoted to Christ’s Church, loving, supporting, serving, and giving to the glory of God. We will recognize our God-given need for renewal and joyfully honor God’s example of Sabbath rest. What begins as work and takes significant effort will over time become routine and even non-negotiable as it becomes part of our normal life rhythm. We will begin to learn the unforced rhythms of grace.

Because we are clothed and covered in the amazing grace of Christ, we are equipped, empowered, and emboldened to experience the abundance of eternal life right here, right now. As we begin the advent season and share the truth of Christmas with a weary world, may others look at us and see ordinary people clothed in the grace of an extraordinary God.

[1] Oxford Languages

[2] Ibid