Christian writer and author, Philip Yancey once shared a story of how he got stuck in Los Angeles traffic and arrived 58 minutes late at the Hertz rental desk. He walked up in kind of a bad mood, put the keys down and said, “How much do I owe?” The woman said, “Nothing. You’re all clear.” He told her he was late and she smiled, “Yes, but there’s a one-hour grace period.” So, Phillip said, “Oh really, what is grace?” and she replied “I don’t know. I guess what it means is that even though you’re supposed to pay, you don’t have to.”*
The Scriptures talk about the provisions with which we have been blessed for the pursuit of our life assignments. It is my understanding that Grace is perhaps the biggest of God’s provision for mankind. Man can only be saved by grace since we really cannot afford the atonement of our sins. Messed up as we are, God’s grace unfairly comes to our aid!
The meaning of life. The wasted years of life. The poor choices of life. God answers the mess of life with one word: “GRACE”- Max Lucado.
The Scriptures further establish the fact that Grace is available not just for our salvation but also for the fulfilment of the purpose for which we have been saved.
Apostle Paul was a man of great achievements and all that he did and became, he said, was by grace. It follows therefore, that to fulfil purpose, we are expected to understand and maximise this awesome provision of God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.
Consider the following expressions of grace and the height of their significance:
Grace is expressed in speed. It was by Grace that Elijah outran King Ahab who travelled by horse.
And God strengthened Elijah mightily. Pulling up his robe and tying it around his waist, Elijah ran in front of Ahab’s chariot until they reached Jezreel. (1 Kings 18:46 MSG)
Grace is expressed in the manifestation of your gifts.
A friend shared the amazing story of how she discovered she could teach. Grace became to her the extraordinary ability to do what you could not have done by merely striving.
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. (Rom 12:6 NIV)
Grace is expressed through our weaknesses. We all have weaknesses. But our pursuits are not limited by them when we allow God’s grace to have full expression in us.
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” (2 Cor 12:9 NLT)
How much of God’s grace have you tapped into for the pursuit of your purpose? What effects have the Grace of God worked in your life? Paul, despite being the least of all the apostles, became the most widely read. His is the story of what happens when grace meets with hard work. It is good to be hardworking but there is such thing called the leverage of Grace!
This piece is the first of a series on the amazing stories our pursuits become as a result of the working of God’s Grace. Beginning from next week, we shall have people share their stories and how they have enjoyed the leverage of grace.
In case, you have a story you want to share, please feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We all have stories to tell!
* Grace -Philip Yancey – http://philipyancey.com/q-and-a-topics/grace
** Special thanks to Oluokun Ayodeji (Deecent Works) for the image.
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