“…Of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power” (Eph. 3:7 NKJ).
The grace of God operates in at least three distinct spheres of our lives, each of which is important to understand in order to take full advantage of the operation of God in us. The Apostle Paul in the scripture above says the gift of the grace of God was given to Him. He was not referring to his salvation here, but to the special ability to do the work of ministry he was called into. He called this special ability “grace.”
The first and the most obvious sphere of grace is that of salvation (Tit. 2:11), where we are saved by grace and receive the fullness of God’s grace in Christ. Grace makes us children of God. It is grace to become. The second sphere of the operation of grace is the grace to live. Grace is not just favor or kindness, but operates in our lives as the power to live the Christian life. Grace is God’s power making you what He says you are. Some Christians miss this, and find themselves struggling by themselves to become what God says they are, or to live the way God has called them to live. God empowers you by His grace to love people or to live a righteous life. The same way you depended on Him to save you is the way you should depend on Him to empower you to live. That way is faith. The last sphere is the one the Apostle Paul was referring to above: grace for ministry. It the power and wisdom of God at work in us to serve Him and carry out the ministry He has called you to. The three spheres above are there for you to benefit from. Take all of them!
What ministry grace is at work in you?
APPLY THE WORD
The devotional above implies that God does not expect you to struggle to live for Him or to carry out the ministry. If you are struggling to live for God or to carry out a ministry, your problem is living out of grace. Grace is divine empowerment to do what God has called you to do. Get connected to grace by revelation and faith today!
Ask the Holy Spirit to assist you in taking full advantage of all the facets of operation of God’s grace in your life.
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