“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
We all need grace. But how often do we actually let grace operate in our lives? I think grace is a whole lot more than we think it is. I think if we truly understood all that grace is and what it means, we would be radically changed people. Grace is more than just “forgiveness after we’ve screwed up”. Grace is the reason why we are able to do and accomplish all that God has called us to do. Grace is why we are here. Grace is why we are alive.
Check this excerpt out by Jud Wilhite from his book, Pursued:
The big lesson I’m learning is I need to invite God in more and live from His grace. I need to stop worrying and doing it on my own, throwing “with God” in as a nice religious tagline. I need to stop idolizing my own independence and start allowing God’s grace to work through me in all I accomplish. I need to stop assuming I have grace all wrapped up nicely with a bow on top when I’m not applying the depth of the gift. I need His undeserved favor far more than I ever imagined.
Can you not identify with that? I think we rely on ourselves way too much and give God way less credit in our lives than He deserves. My prayer lately is simply, “More of you Lord and less of me.” (John 3:30)
Let’s give credit where credit is due. Let’s allow God’s grace to operate more freely in our lives. Let’s stop thinking that we can actually get things accomplished on our own strength. Let’s stop lying to ourselves that we can just work ourselves out of the storm we are in. We need God. We need His strength. We need His grace.
So, you may be thinking. Yes. Amen. I agree with that but how do I allow more grace to flow in my life?
And answer can be found in 2 Peter.
May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2
As we begin to strengthen our relationship with God, and trust him more, we will begin to rely on His grace more and more. When we can start to internalize the truth that God is our hope, our rest, our future, our healing, and our savior…His grace can abound in our lives.