Last Sunday, the guiding questions for my sermon were: how can we remain in the ever flowing stream of God’s grace? How can we always keep the true joy of new life inside our hearts no matter what? The short answer to this question is that we should be connected to the source of our true joy—our God. We all know that true happiness comes not from the short-term satisfaction of our needs, but from God. So what we should do is to stay in the presence of the Lord as much as we can in our daily lives. But how?
This requires a spiritual discipline. And our Methodist tradition has a great practice for this. We call it the “Means of grace.” What is that? John Wesley taught that God’s grace is a unearned and unmerited gift of God, but this doesn’t mean that we can be just idle waiting to experience grace. Rather, Wesley encouraged us to engage in the means of grace, which are the ways that God works invisibly in us, hastening, strengthening, confirming faith, and letting God’s grace pervade in and through all the followers of Jesus. As we look at the means of grace today, they can be divided into the “works of piety” and the “works of mercy.”
Means of Grace
1. Works of Piety
Pastor Earl Kim's weekly reflections