Then he answered and spake unto me saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts… and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. Zechariah 4:6-7
…without me you can do nothing. John 15:5
Success in life is not based on our strength alone. On our own, we can do nothing. John 15:5. We all need the grace of God. At the new (spiritual) birth we have been equipped with the necessary weapons/tools with which we can fight, win and God taking the glory. Few of these spiritual tools/weapons are: the Name of Jesus; the blood of Jesus; the word; the names of God; prayer; praise; mercy; grace and many more which are based on personal revelations.
However, I would like to focus on one of these tools: GRACE; the grace that has to do with great exploits; the grace to do what the natural power, intelligence, and connection cannot do.
There are three words worthy of consideration for proper understanding of what grace is all about:
- Justice – this implies getting what one deserves (good or bad).
- Mercy – not getting the bad (or the punishment for doing bad that) one deserves.
iii. Grace – getting the good one does NOT deserve.
We deserved spiritual death but the mercy of God found us out and we received grace for salvation. Ephesians 1:7; 2:8. When we were sinners grace found us out. We were not qualified, the saving grace made us qualified. It is not by our power but grace working through faith.
Grace for exploits enables you to become who God has originally designed you to be. This grace hands over to you what your money cannot buy. Grace is invisible but its physical result is favour. When grace comes upon you, favour automatically follows.
Here’s an illustration of how essential grace is to every living soul: a woman who set out to prepare a very rich and delicious soup, put in so much effort to get all the ingredients and condiments for a very good soup, spent quality time in the kitchen mixing the ingredients in the right proportion. By every standard, hers was a good soup,well prepared; however, she forgot to add salt to taste. No doubt, you can easily tell how “tasty” the soup would be. It would be terribly tasteless, the effort, energy, quantity and quality of the ingredients notwithstanding.
The absence of salt in that “well prepared” soup can be likened to the lack of grace in our personal effort, job, prayer, giving etc. All these are good and, may possibly deliver some results but without grace (salt), there can be no appreciable progress.
You need grace, my friend! Grace brings out the beauty in your effort – it makes your effort rewarding. With grace on your side, you will be celebrated and honoured.
WHAT GRACE CAN DO
We can easily see grace at work in Joshua’s life. Joshua 1:1-9
Grace found him out He was anointed (Deut.34:9)
Grace positioned him Made him a leader
Grace enabled him He was empowered – he was productive
Grace magnified him He was glorified
Grace brought him honour He was honoured and celebrated.
Grace does what man cannot do. It gives to you what your family cannot give you. It is the voice and the breath of God; when He speaks the word, grace for performance is released. Grace makes you to be preferred to other people – in the office, at school, etc.Grace bypasses your family background, situation and weaknesses to enthrone you.
This month, Grace will locate, position, enable, and glorify you. Amen.
Pastor James Pelemo