“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
Grace is a wonderful thing! It is through God’s grace that we are saved by our faith. (Eph. 2:8) God gives grace to the humble (James 4:6) and His grace is sufficient for every need we have. (2 Cor. 12:9) But what exactly is grace? I’ve heard people say that it is unmerited or unearned favor. I’ve also heard the acronym God’s Righteousness At Christ Expense. Some say it is divine enablement. While all these ideas are certainly true, I think the best way to define grace is to let God’s Word give the definition.
Today’s verse is the best explanation I’ve found for the grace of God. It says: Grace is always having what you need, when you need it, in abundance/overflow to accomplish every one of God’s good works that you are called to. The bottom line is God’s grace in our lives empowers us to be who God created us to be. Think about it, everything we need to become children of God is in His grace, our salvation, our peace, our ability to complete our purpose, and our citizenship in Heaven. I like to think of it as grace is the Holy Spirit’s power within me to accomplish everything God has planned for my life. All the resources, all the ability, and all the strength are wrapped up in God’s grace!
Today I encourage you to spend time considering the grace of God. Think about how extensive it is. Remember that everything you have ever needed or ever will need is in His grace. Then thank your heavenly Father for the unlimited supply of His grace that is in and on your life. Ask Him to show you how to walk in that grace daily to do the things He planned for you to do. When you walk out your life living in God’s unending and unfailing grace, you will have everything you need to complete the missions you were designed to do for His Kingdom. Lastly, I would ask you to remember that we walk out the plan of our life by God’s grace for His honor and glory, but we also do it to bring God’s will to earth as it is in heaven.
Today’s scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9 As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.”10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, 13 while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, 14 and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!