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 15:10
Grace cannot be confused with laxity.
Many Christians use “grace” to justify their lazy habits or mask their failings. Grace allows us to accept people as they are, but grace doesn’t allow us to leave them as they are. Such an idea of grace will handicap growth.
Grace frees us from sin and self efforts, but grace is not an excuse to live irresponsibly or be satisfied with mediocrity. In fact, grace fuels you to become who you cannot become on your own and do what you cannot do alone. Grace empowers you with a heart to do your best with a spirit of excellence. Paul told the Corinthians how grace made a huge difference in his life.
Grace defines his identity – “I am what I am“.
Grace defines his purpose – “His grace toward me was not in vain“.
Grace defines his ministry – “I laboured more abundantly than they all“.
Grace is the source of everything he did – “Yet not I, but the grace of God…“.
If the “grace” you are embracing doesn’t inspire you to grow closer to God but only serves to feed your ineptitude or perpetuate a rejection of God’s purpose, you have not understood grace at all. The truth is, you will become stagnant if you stay in this definition of grace. People who know the grace of God are consumed by the grace of God.
When you constantly and continually refresh yourself with the gospel of grace, you will experience the effects of grace in your life: grace establishes you, grace excites you, grace frees you, grace matures you and grace stirs you.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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