““But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” I Corinthians 15:10
There is a specific grace for life that helps you function in what ever capacity or role that you occupy. By the grace of God Paul was able to write close to two thirds of the New Testament. By the same grace you too can live a life that glorifies God.
God gives us this grace in order for us to operate in a manner that reflects His character and nature in spite of the circumstances and situations that surround us. I am not just talking about an ability to do a job, but what ever position you may find yourself in. It may be the father of a mentally disturbed child, the wife of an unfaithful husband, or the son of chemically dependent parents. Whatever title you hold, God has graced you for it.
Often the demands of life places requisitions upon us that within ourselves we can’t fulfill, and if we try to fill them from our own strength it drains us. Because of this many people in the world and the church have been depleted of the joy of living. Life for them is reduced to the daily activities of living, working, and surviving. Dreams are lost and destiny goes unfulfilled because of the “beat down” of life. But God has a grace for you to live life to the fullest and enjoy it in the process.
The purpose of God’s grace is to give us an endless supply from within to meet all the demands placed upon us and still have an overflow to pursue destiny. In the above passage of scripture Paul states that he labored more abundantly than all the rest of the apostles. This labor included being beaten, stoned nearly to death, shipwrecked, imprisoned, fighting with other apostles, and an onslaught of accusations and attempts of murder from the religious leaders of his day. In spite of all his sufferings, Paul was still exceedingly joyful and comforted. (2 Corinthians 7:4) In fact I have found that when I am at my weakest moment; when I am tired of fighting battle after battle, and I am on the brink of quitting God’s grace is the strongest and is more than sufficient for me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
They key to living in this grace is learning how to appropriate it. Romans 5: 2 tells us we have access to this grace by faith. Faith is the means by which we function in life. The just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17) literal means that faith is required for me to operate in a manner that glorifies God. Specifically, by faith you can honor your father that disregards your life; by faith you can forgive infidelity; by faith you can be patient with your oppositional defiant child
So review the titles you hold in life. Is God glorified in them? If not, appropriate the grace to function in them and by faith, begin to glorify your Father
I am Andrew Freed, and you are an Overcomer In Christ.