For every one of us in Christ, God has given grace. In Ephesians 4:7, the Bible says “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ”. However, the grace that works
within us varies; there is a general grace, and there is a personal grace that God gives for what He called you to do. That personal grace was what Paul was referred to in 1 Corinthians 3:10 “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.”
Again in Romans 12:6-8, the Bible shows us how the grace of God works within us in carrying out ministry “…having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry , let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.”This grace is what enables you to fulfill the vision God has given you. As long as you are working in that grace, nothing can stand against you successfully. There’s no impossibility working with that grace; the grace causes you to produce results.
It behooves us therefore to take advantage of the grace God has given us. In 2 Timothy 2:1, Paul wrote saying “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” Interestingly, the Bible reveals to us that God gives more grace (James 4:6). In this month, the Lord has increased the grace that He has given us, both as a ministry and as individuals. Each one of us is blessed in a special way with Increased Grace. God has raised the dyke, which means we can do more. Take advantage of that grace. Walk in that grace. Recognize it and be bold in it. Hallelujah!
Seven Outworkings of Grace
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”2 Peter 3:18
The word ‘grace’ comes from the Greek word ‘charis.’It refers an out working of an inward divine influence in your heart; it can be seen in what it produces. The following are seven expressions of grace:
Acceptability: This is one of the out workings of grace. There is always is something about a man or woman with grace that attracts people to him or her. If you have the grace of God working in your life, it singles you out; others just don’t know why they are attracted towards you. It doesn’t matter what job or business you do, you might even be the least qualified amongst your peers, but because the grace works in your life, you become the person everybody wants.
The Advantage: Grace brings and gives you the Advantage. It brings you benefits. It gives you an edge over your contemporaries. With grace working in your life, you do not need to struggle for anything. If you put it to work, it will deliver your desires to you.
Favour: Grace brings favour. Luke 2:52 says, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” This was as a result of the grace of God in Him. Good is turned towards one that has grace working in his life. Even when such a person goes wrong, forgiveness seems to be abundantly available. With the grace of God at work in your life, you are not like others; you’ve are chosen for favour.
Joy: Grace reveals itself in joy,its called joy unspeakable and full of glory;this means you will have indescribable and unfathomable joy. Others may not understand why you are so joyful, they don’t know why your life is always up, but it’s because of what is on the Inside.
Liberality: Grace brings liberality into your life. Grace opens a two-way channel; it is called a giving and receiving channel. When God gives you an inspiration to give, it equally opens up your capacity to receive because giving never comes without receiving. Giving is a grace; it is not everybody that works in that grace, but for you that has that grace working in you, it excites you to give.
Pleasure: Grace brings about pleasure. It’s God’s desire that you spend your days in pleasure (Job 36:11). Pleasure is one of the out workings of grace. You derive pleasure in everything; even your study becomes pleasurable, you find that you love things around you, you take pleasure in the things that God has made. The bBible says God took pleasure in His creation, grace gives you that pleasure. You take pleasure in the things of God, it’s a kind and happy feeling that accepts others and loves to give to them.
Gift: Grace brings gifts into your life. The grace of God deposits in you an uncanny ability to do what others cannot do. When a person functions in grace, it can manifest itself in expertise in an area or different fields. You find such a person has an uncanny ability in a certain skill. When you function in grace, you will find at least one powerful gift working in your life. Locate it and build on it.
Finally, the Bible admonishes us in 2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.” It is your responsibility to grow in grace. We function in different measures of grace, but you can turn it on in your life. Another beautiful thing is that you can always receive more grace, because James 4:6 says God gives more grace. Recognize the grace of God in our life, be conscious of it, and take advantage of it. It’s your month of increased grace!