Going Deeper with the Message:
The Greatest Grace
by: Ben Biles
On Sunday, Pastor Tim talked about the grace of God and how it interacts with our lives. When we talk about grace, we are referring to God’s unearned favor that He shows to all believers. Grace is God’s blessing toward us that we don’t deserve in any way, but He is glad to give us out of His great love for us.
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12 when God says to him, ““My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul goes on to say “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). Paul was telling the Corinthians that it is not through his own strengths that he is successful, but through God’s strengths. Rather, it is in his weakness that God’s strength shows up big.
The same is true for us. When we are weak, God’s strength shines through. When we are strong, God’s power doesn’t shine through because people can attribute our success to our own resources. But when we are at the end of our rope, with no resources to help, God’s power is made evident in our circumstances.
Theodore Roosevelt once said, ““I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life; I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” The same can be true for believers in Christ. When we encounter difficult situations, we have a decision to make. We can either fall into despair and lose hope. Or we can display our trust in God, knowing that He will showcase His power and love. This is one of the best ways to live out our faith as others see us endure hardship without losing trust in God.
So, in the midst of our failure, weakness, fear, and worry, we can be comforted that God’s grace will shine through our situation. He rescues us and, at the same time, displays his power along with his goodness and grace. Our lives become living testimonies to the goodness of God as we point to the incredible things He does for us and through us.
As believers, we have reason to be confident in our weaknesses because we know that God will work and move. Be comforted that you have a God who loves you and cares for you and wants to work powerfully in your life to display his grace. It also takes pressure off of us to be someone we are not. We are valuable because we are God’s children and he is always seeking to show his grace to us. If God was willing to send His Son to die for us, what is He not willing to do for us? If He has already done the biggest thing, surely He will continue to work in our lives. Rely on His grace.
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