2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT) Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
Grace is foundational to the faith of God’s People. There is a primary focus on faith many times because it is productive. Faith is believing. It is active. It gives us a place of participation. However, grace is the soil of a fertile heart ready to receive seeds of faith and the increase associated with harvest. Grace has an unearthing and healing property that is required to prepare our heart to believe for the things that only faith in God through Jesus Christ can produce. It is the birthplace of the impossible only possible by His Grace.
Paul writes “each time” in this familiar passage which many would gloss over to get to the substance of the promise. I think it is important to understand that “by grace you have been saved through faith” is needed to continue on with confident hope. We must not put the cart before the horse and expect to make any progress whatsoever. Grace must do its work in us for the sowing and reaping of faith to reach its full potential. The Lord says, “My grace is all you need.” Are you living in the Grace of God today? How can I tell if His Grace is manifesting power in my weakness?
Ephesians 2:7-9 (NLT) So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
Grace is the unmerited, unearned, and undeserved Favor of God. Grace working in us and through us produces God’s Glory. It has absolutely nothing to do with me but completely and solely reliant on the Person of Jesus Christ. My pride struggles with that. It is not human nature to boast about weakness. Humility leaves a bad taste in our mouth. Yet in James 4:5-7 it reminds us that grace belongs to the humble. God will not compete for first place in our life. Jesus will not unseat idols from the throne of our heart. It is up to us to humble and surrender our life including every single weakness to His Grace. The struggle between flesh and spirit are constant and ongoing. God wants to make an example of you and me. He wants to fill: our heart, mind and soul with His Power and release it for His Glory. Grace and glory are partners. Psalm 84:11 tells us that He will give us His Grace and Glory withholding no good thing from those who are His Children.
Grace cannot be treated as meaningless. (Galatians 2:21) To ignore the power and potential of God’s Grace leaves no place for our faith to grow, mature and develop into the Promises of God. This is a commonplace teaching in the church today. It treats God’s Amazing Grace as worthless and meaningless. The false teaching that God’s Grace allows us to continue to knowingly and willingly live immoral lives. (Jude 1:4) It is stealing, killing and destroying folks just as the enemy intended for it to do. It is keeping many from the rich and satisfying life given to us through the Grace of God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Grace is not only freedom from the penalty of sin, but to be liberated from sin altogether. (Romans 6:14) If the Grace of God does not lead us to faith that transforms our life of impossibility to all things are possible, then what good is it? If it cannot get me through life, how in the world will it get me to heaven? Grace is our confidence. (Titus 3:7) We must learn to stand firm in it. (I Peter 5:12)
Hebrews 4:15-16 (NLT) This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
In case you did not know, Jesus Christ is our High Priest who sits at the right hand of God the Father constantly making intercession for us. He is completely aware of just how much grace is needed to transform us into faithful and productive Children of the Living God. He paid the price in full on the Cross. He understands the innate struggle of humanity with sin as Jesus was a man. We are invited to come boldly the throne of our Gracious God. Repentance is essential in turning our heart and all its pieces over to God for His Grace. Grace is not a one and done but a lifetime of reciprocal giving. I give God my weakness. God gives me His Power. Over and over again. Peter tell us “you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord.” Grace is our growth potential as believers.
“As a bird cannot exhaust the air in the sky, nor the fish exhaust water in the sea, neither can we exhaust the Grace of God.” His Grace is always enough. We must learn to live in, rely on, depend fully upon the Grace of God to make a fertile heart ready to receive the measure of faith that is given to each of us. It is His Grace that produces His Glory in our life. We must learn to grow in God’s Grace daily to see His Goodness overtake us just as He Promised. It must be the intent of our life to grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ so our faith will become that which He intended.
2 Peter 1:2 (NLT) May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.