From Pastor’s Desk: 3-23-14
2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV) And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
I have often stated that I believe the church is living far beneath her potential. This verse substantiates, in my opinion, that as God’s grace is extended, there is nothing we, working together, can’t do. The word “abound” highly indicates that we have depths of potential that have never been tapped.
Jesus said, “…let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” (Mat 5:16). In Matthew 19:26 He said, “…with God all things are possible.” Paul joins this line of thought with “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Php 4:13).
Another thought often expressed is that God does not just throw out grace haphazardly. If He were to give us grace for a situation before we step into that situation, we would probably not have grace to get us through that particular situation because we, more than likely, would have used it up on something else for which we did not need it. A great part of the faith walk is that we trust God to give grace when it is needed, exactly as each situation demands. Otherwise, we would, beyond a shadow of doubt, either misuse or abuse it.
We are simply to do good works (not saved by but to do) and when we run up against obstacles IN the doing, look for His grace to abound, as it always will, FOR the doing. As He told Paul, “…My grace is sufficient…” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
When those things that you have in your heart to do for the Lord seem too big to tackle, first check to see whether it really is of God and your motivation is right, then go for it, asking wisdom from Him pursuit of the task, and then resting in the knowledge that His grace is, and will be, sufficient for what He has spoken into your heart.