9 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
1 Corinthians 15:9-10
Grace is the power of God to change, and grace is God giving you time to change.
The Apostle Paul was one whose life was radically transformed by God’s grace—from a persecutor of the gospel to a preacher of the gospel. Looking back on his life in retrospect, Paul testified how unworthy he was of God’s grace, and this was also how he discovered that grace is always for the undeserving and grace works best when we are too weak, too lost and too broken to help ourselves—and it is also through grace that we can become like Christ and fulfil His purpose in and through us.
God gives grace to the humble.
It has the power to undo the damage of your past and move you into your promised future. Because God’s grace is limitless and unfailing, there is nothing you ever need that can ever surpass His ability to provide. In other words, grace actually reveals God’s rich generosity and kindness towards you.
When you realize the truth about God’s grace as personified in Christ, you can no longer stay passive. Once you know that Christ is living in you, you will want Him to live through you. Then, your motivation is different from many believers who are under the mixture of law and grace. Your prayer is no longer about growing closer to God because this will inadvertently cause you to follow formulas and man-made rules instead of believing and living on God’s grace to please Him.
When you truly understand the gospel, you will realise that God is always close by and He is with you right now. Moreover, God promised to be with you forever. Rather, your prayer becomes the desiring and willingness to partner with God to do what His grace will empower you to do and become all you can be in Christ. Then faith will rise and rest becomes easier because God will perform what He has promised you.
May you encounter and experience His amazing grace to leave behind the past and start again—for His faithfulness and mercy is new every morning!
Can I identify a specific area where I need God’s grace most?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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