Receiving more grace

LABORING TOGETHER [as God’s fellow workers] with Him then, we beg of you not to receive the grace of

God in vain [that merciful kindness by which God exerts His holy influence on souls and turns them to Christ, keeping and strengthening them-do not receive it to no purpose]. – 2 Corinthians 6:1

I once had a dream where I was rowing in a boat, and I was rowing towards the sun on the horizon. I became very tired of all the rowing. The Lord spoke to me and said, “You have sails in your boat.”  I put up the sails and the wind took me forward.  In the dream I passed another guy in a boat, and he was rowing fiercely. I yelled and said, “There are sails in your boat!”  He didn’t hear me, so he just kept on rowing.  When I woke up God said to me that I can live this life by His grace.  Our lives are like a sailing boat. The wind in the dream refers to the Holy Spirit (God’s grace) that can take you much further than what your own strength can ever take you.  The only way forward is by grace.

Let’s look at 2 Corinthians 6:1 again. “LABORING TOGETHER [as God’s fellow workers] with Him then, we beg of you not to receive the grace of God in vain [that merciful kindness by which God exerts His holy influence on souls and turns them to Christ, keeping and strengthening them-do not receive it to no purpose].  This description in brackets is a wonderful explanation of what grace is.  I can simplify it by saying that grace is the holy influence of God on a person’s soul.  Let me take you to another scripture that will give you an even better idea of what grace is. James 4:6 [Amplified] “But He gives us more and more grace (power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). This scripture tells us that grace is the power of the Holy Spirit.  Therefore grace is not just a word we use but a power that can change us.  I can also say that grace is God’s help, according to Hebrews 4:16. “Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].

Now, you may have the following question: “What can I do so that grace may have an influence on my life?  How can I receive this grace?”  The answer to this question is very simple. Grace is imparted through hearing.  When we hear the Gospel (the message that centres on Jesus and what He did), grace is released into your life.  I can also say that grace comes to you when you hear the Gospel and that it changes you.  Grace changes you in such a way that you become just like Jesus in word, thought and deed.  Grace becomes active in your life when you hear the truth about who Jesus is and what He did for you.  The message is the Gospel, and the power is grace. The very thing that changed me from the man that I was, to the man that I am now, is grace.  I can therefore explain grace further by what grace does.  Grace takes a normal man with many mistakes and failures and turns him into a man that looks much more like Jesus.  Grace changes our thoughts, it changes our mind-sets, it changes our deeds, and it changes our speech.

The grace of Jesus Christ that can help you is the grace that you have received. The grace that is available to you as a believer cannot help you unless you receive it. All of the grace is available to us and it is now time to receive it. You receive it by faith.

Leave the oars today and set the sails. The Holy Spirit longs to take you forward into a glorious life.