Week 4: Grace Isn’t Narcissistic

Scripture: Titus 2:13–14 (ESV)
January 24, 2022

“Waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”

Devotional Reading
We live in a self-induced world of narcissism. We have social media profiles solely based on our interests and we only display the best of ourselves. We think primarily in terms of me, myself and I. We often think that God is all about me, my gifts, and my development.
We like to think He is making us into our best selves. But Christianity is not a self-help movement, it is a self-death way of living. Grace is interested in helping us learn to live within a family not live a narcissistic lifestyle on our own.
As individuals we have high value and very unique gifts that were placed in us while we were in our mother’s womb. But we must realize that God is building a covenant people in the earth, and unless we know the purpose of that people we will never find ourselves in the center of his will and kingdom. Grace is building a redemptive people.
I firmly believe you cannot and should not walk alone. You must establish a Band of Brothers, which is what Christ modeled with the twelve. In the Bible we see God building the idea of community. God is more about the WE than He is the individual.
We need 3-4 guys who walk this journey together with us. For far too long the enemy has destroyed men with the idea that we should be an island unto ourselves. Being trained by grace to live upright will require connecting with a Band of Brothers whose goal is to challenge and empower each another to live a Christ centered life.

Action Steps
Who are the Band of Brothers you are doing life with?
What are you doing to challenge and empower your Band of Brothers?