Theologians over the centuries have taught us that grace is God’s unmerited (or undeserved) favor. To some degree this is true, because nothing that we receive from God is fully deserved. Yet, we should be seeing more in grace, because it is more than undeserved favor, it is God’s empowerment and strengthening to accomplish His will on the Earth.
Consider, if you will, how the Lord used grace to empower the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9 to overcome despite his infirmities. In fact, Paul received what he called a “thorn in his flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7) and he earnestly sought the Lord three times to remove this thorn, but the Lord would not remove it, however, the Lord came to Paul, as described in 2 Corinthians 12:9, and said,
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (King James version)
The word grace here is not used to suggest some unmerited favor, but it is used to describe the all sufficient Divine strengthening that Paul would need to continue his great mission despite his weakness. And this is a word for us today because Jesus literally said that His “strength is made perfect”, or perfected in our weakness. Saying to us, that when we trust in God’s strength to empower us miraculous things can occur and God is glorified.
Therefore, with this new understanding of Christ’s empowerment to perform, the Apostle Paul began seeing more in grace and rejoiced in his weaknesses, because the “power of Christ,” would rest upon Him. This is the grace that the Lord Jesus is trying to grant to us when we dare to trust Him by taking the first step and starting to perform a task but believing and expecting that the Lord will, as we are in submission to His will, join us with His supernatural power to enable us to accomplish what might normally seem impossible to us.
Furthermore, we are never closer to Him than when He is Divinely enabling us through His supernatural power. This is what makes His grace so amazing. He shows up on the scene by way of His powerful Presence and Anointing and this is how we are clued to the fact that He is truly, helping us. As this occurs, we start seeing more in grace than simply unmerited favor, we start seeing Emanuel, God with us.
We experience the joy of knowing that we are not alone in these struggles of life. We become like King Saul before he lost his way, as the Spirit of God came upon Him, he became another man (I Samuel 10:6). No longer fearful, but fearless. We can turn from wimps to warriors in Christ Jesus. And this will not occur until we start seeing more in grace. A-men