A Life Open to Jesus is that dimension of discipleship where we place ourselves in the path of God’s grace so that we might continue to be filled to overflowing. Grace is simply defined as “God’s unmerited love.” We can’t do anything to deserve God’s grace.

People experience God’s grace through the working of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Sometimes that grace is at work even before we know it (what we call prevenient grace). It is grace that establishes our relationship with God as we commit our lives to Jesus. And it is grace that continues to work in our lives as God (through the Holy Spirit) forms us into the likeness of Christ.

While it is true we can’t do anything to deserve God’s grace, it is also true that there is much we can do to make ourselves available to God’s grace. That is the focus of this theme.

As we make ourselves available to God through the Holy Spirit, God also becomes more available, or present, or at least our awareness of God’s presence is increased. This is the goal of ‘a life open to Jesus.’

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