For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age – Titus 2:11-12.
Grace for Godly Living
The appearance of grace is the end of fruitless struggles in the Christian life, and what a joy to know that this grace is made available to all. All? Yes, all men (women inclusive). God’s grace cuts across tribes, tongues, nationalities, race, etc. The coverage of this grace is limitless, and it is the precursor of salvation, and the basis for righteous living. It is the teacher which enables us to say “NO” to ungodliness and worldly passions. In this age, uprightness and godliness is only possible by this grace.
Grace for Kingdom Exploits
Heaven’s limitless possibilities could only find expression in the lives of the saints of old by the grace of God. Of this, Paul the Apostle confessed, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me” – 1Corinthians 15:10. It is important to note that God’s grace is heaven’s method for helping man’s frailty; it is heaven’s access code to limitless help in God. Kingdom exploits will be impossible without it. For these men of old, the limitations which their humanity imposed on them could only be undone by the grace of God by which they accomplished great feats humanly impossible.
Growing in Grace
The Apostle Peter exhorts us to “… grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…” – 2Peter 3:18b. This implies that aside the grace for salvation, the grace we need for our daily walk with God is in measures – meaning, we can operate at a higher measure of grace than we are operating at the moment. And this grace we are told abounds more when we humble ourselves before the Lord – “… God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” – 1Peter 5:5b. The more humble we are at the feet of the Lord, the more useful we will be in His hand. This grace and the knowledge of God go hand-in-hand; the more of God we know, the more of His grace we enjoy.
Grace for the End Time
Given the turn of events in our world today – rising cases of global terrorism, increased level of natural disasters, outbreak of several deadly diseases, war, famine, etc., we need God’s grace to survive each passing day with its attendant challenges. In these last days, God seeks to release His grace in measures we have never experienced before now; and all He requires of us is our availability. God wants to express His divine nature through us such that our humanity cannot be a limiting factor to that which He intends to do in and through us. His desire is that we reign in life through the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness which He has made available in Christ Jesus (Romans 5:17). It is the season of abundant grace! Hallelujah! Even though we are not of them who frustrate or abuse the grace of God, but we are rather stewards of His grace (Galatians 2:21). May God cause His grace to abound more and more in our lives in this season in Jesus’ Name. Amen.