The more I put my faith and trust in the finished work of Jesus on the cross, the more peace and respite that I experience. I am not trying to get God’s favor but rather am functioning out of the favor that He has already given me.
When this simple fact is realized in our life, our exclusive focus becomes what Jesus has done for us instead of what we need to do for Him. This spills over to all realms of life. This most definitely ties in to the way we measure success and prosperity in our lives.
With the proliferation of social media, it is easy to get caught up in the success or stardom of someone else — all the while wallowing in the fact that you have not received as much attention as others. If this behavior is left unchecked, it becomes idolatry, aggressively pursued throughout the course of your life.
I believe that every single time we compare ourself to someone else and become disappointed with who we are, we are grieving the God who created us and the God who sustains us.
I believe that no matter how obscure or viral your service to the Lord is, faithfulness on the end of the believer is of chief importance. The cool thing with being involved in a relatively small operation is that you will get to see how good God is on your behalf. It is almost as if God has a special love for the under-dogs, the obscure, the irrelevant or the non-conformists. He will do a great work through those particular people just so that only He would get the glory. When all is said and done, the people watching will have no one to ascribe an accolade to but the Lord himself.
I love the way the Lord speaks to Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians. He says “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 2:9).
Here are ten ways in which this passage speaks to my heart, precisely pointing me to the pleasurable content of God’s grace:
- When a sickness strikes, the Lord’s grace is expedient enough to heal and prolonged enough to demand a dependence on Him that was never before seen.
- When resources are scarce, the Lord’s grace is sufficient and He will provide.
- When faced with a conflict, the Lord’s grace is potent enough to see you through it so long as you realize that at the foot of His cross, all conflict has already found its resolution.
- When uncertainity is tainting your mood, know that the Lord’s grace is the beacon of light that will provide the pathway to a place of prosperity.
- When people fail to live up to your expectations, understand that the Lord’s grace is enough even when you have placed your identity in people instead of the One who made people.
- When a dark season befalls your life, realize that the Lord’s grace is just as visible there, regardless of your ability to see it.
- When exponential growth is not instantly visible in your ministry, embrace the grace of our Lord because he rewards not the boastful but first those who are faithful.
- When it seems that you are lacking something, boast in that weakness because this is exactly the area in which God will want to display His power and glory.
- When it seems as if though the gospel has stopped spreading, repent of not seeing the Lord’s grace as the gospel is producing its fruit in the entire world, including yours.
- When it seems as if though you are not accomplishing much, remember what the master says to his servant: “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” (Matt. 25:23).
Here is what I have personally experienced in my life:
The amount of pleasure and satisfaction I get to live out is proportionate to my undivided obsession with Jesus.
The more I love Jesus and pursue Him with my whole undivided heart, my entire soul, every fiber of my strength and every area of my mind — the more His grace is visible to me and experienced by me.
So the problem is not with our paycheck, our job, our situation in life, our position at work, our church, our spouse or our family. The problem — if there is one — stems solely from an individual not surrendering his entire life to Jesus. The core of the issue is our inadequate grasp of what the gospel really is.
The life of a Christian should be the gospel. This life is focused on who Jesus is, what Jesus did and what Jesus continues to do. Jesus is the hero and the ultimate centerpiece of the entire Bible. Jesus should be the hero and the centerpiece of our entire life.
The gospel is God coming to earth as a human to save humans for Himself through His Son Jesus Christ.
Paul calls the gospel as something of first importance. He says to the Corinthians: “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:3-5). Better news than that could not possibly exist.
It is my prayer that this post encouraged you as it did me. Continue to trust in Jesus and His work on your behalf for your good and His glory.
Question: In what area of your life now is the Lord’s grace sufficient? How were you able to come to this realization?