Graced To Excel – Pastor Chris
Friday, June 16, 2017
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon (1 Corinthians 3:10).
As Christians, we’re all gifted and graced by God to excel in life. There’s the general grace of Jesus Christ which we all received for salvation. Also, there’s the specific grace that God gives you on the basis of His calling on your life. The general grace of God is what brought you salvation and protects you in salvation. However, when God calls you, He gives you a responsibility and the grace to fulfil that responsibility.
In our opening verse, for example, Paul talked about the grace of God, which was given to him for a specific ministry that the Lord had committed to him. We have another example in Romans 12:6-7, where he writes, “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering….”
The expression, “let us wait on our ministering” doesn’t mean to wait in line until you have the opportunity for ministry; it means to serve. It means to take advantage of the grace God has given you for service in fulfilling your unique calling in Him.
Whatever “gift” you’re given, devote yourself to it; focus on it and take advantage of that grace. Perhaps your grace may be the ability to sing; that means you’re graced to minister and bless God’s people through music. This is much more than having a nice voice or the ability to sing nicely. There’s an inspiration that flows when you sing; a ministration that imparts the Spirit and changes lives. Someone else might sing the same song in the same way and not accomplish the same result.
The beautiful thing, however, is that each one of us is uniquely graced to excel, and to fulfil the will of God for our lives. That grace covers you and protects you in the things that God has called you to do. As long as you’re functioning in that grace, nothing can stand against you successfully; you’ll produce results for His glory. Moreover, as you remain humble and walk in love, God grants you more grace for greater victories. Hallelujah!
Dear Father, I thank you for the immeasurable grace you’ve made available to me in Christ to fulfil your will and purpose here on earth. I take advantage of your grace, which causes your blessings, beauty, perfections and excellence to be revealed in and through me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY: 2 Timothy 2:1 James 4:6
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Acts 6:1-15 2 Chronicles 26-28
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Luke 1:67-80 Deuteronomy 14
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