What are the means of grace? The means of grace are the means by which God’s grace flows to us so that we grow as Christians. It’s as simple as that. Think of the last time you got really sick. How did you recover? More than likely you went to the doctor who evaluated you, gave you a diagnosis, and prescribed some medication for you. Even though you went to the doctor and now you know what’s wrong, you don’t get well overnight. It takes time and the discipline to take the medication as prescribed. The medicine becomes the means of getting back to health. But it doesn’t do you any good if it remains at the pharmacist or in your medicine cabinet. You have to be disciplined to take it.
So let me be as explicit as I can: Since God gives us means of grace, we must, and I mean must discipline ourselves to attend to them. By the way, this whole idea of disciplining ourselves is what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. A disciple is a disciplined person. He is disciplined to follow Jesus.
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (ESV)