“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (I Corinthians 15:10 NKJV)
In my last article I discussed the reality that God’s grace plays a multi faceted role in our lives. For our discussion, I want to lean more into the application of grace as it relates to assignment and destiny. In 1 Corinthians 15:10 Paul illustrates this point. He recognizes that his calling is purely by grace and has nothing to do with intelligence, skill-set or heredity. However, he also recognizes that there is a supernatural enablement by the Holy Spirit through grace. Although work will not earn grace, grace will result in work! I often wonder how much more effective we could be if we corporately applied this principle.
We are supernaturally equipped and enabled by grace, which results in the works of the Father being accomplished in our midst. To be clear anything accomplished for the kingdom will take effort and dedication on our part. The difference is whose strength are we laboring with? Is our work done in our own human strength and will power(often motivated by ambition and selfishness) or, is it done out of yielded obedience to the direction of Holy Spirit? Lets be sure, a person can build many things out of their own effort, but these “monuments” will not last. in order to truly fulfill the assignment of God we need to appropriate grace.
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
The Lord has given us the secret to accessing His grace in greater measure. The key is more simplistic than many would imagine and is found in the text above. Faith in the promise an Word of God, opens the door into His grace. This faith is not the mental accent of the mind, but the firm conviction of the heart. It grabs hold of the promise and relentlessly believes, regardless of the external circumstances. The Word of God over our lives becomes the reality of our heart. We move in confidence that His “word will not return to Him void” (Isaiah 55:11), it will accomplish all He sent it to perform. This grace then begins to cause us to be established in Him. The Greek word translated “stand” in the passage above literally means to be established, or planted! Grace will establish you in your place of destiny.
Lastly, as we are established we can rejoice knowing that faith opens the door to grace, grace causes us to be established and being established in grace ultimately leads to His glory being released upon our lives! This is a kingdom key to seeing the glory of God released in our world. Ceasing from our works, and allowing the grace of God to go into operation. Learn to Stand still and see the salvation of The Lord! Strive to enter into His Rest(Hebrews 4) and let His Grace do the heavy lifting!