The stewardship of God’s grace

Ephesians 3:2: assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you,

God’s grace is a tangible material that comes into materialisation through Jesus Christ; as it is written, the law came through Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17). As a definition (one of many in this piece), grace is God‘s ability made manifest in men.

When Paul said that he has the stewardship of the grace of God, he meant that is what he administers to other. Whatever happens as an expression of divine life is termed grace. Grace overcomes the limitation of the human condition to ensure that the will of God gets done. It penetrates the heart and causes salvation to be experienced there.

That is why the bible says that by grace we are saved (Ephesians 2:5, 8-9). When the message of the gospel is preached, the grace of God is made available to those who believe to experience the reality that it brings. Grace is focused on what is experienced. Whatever you want to change in your life experiences, in the areas of you body, soul and spirit, the answer is grace.

Grace answers to every need. The writer of the book of Hebrews mentioned it that we should draw near the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). A need represents an experience you want to change. It doesn’t matter what it is, grace, as the divine ability of God, will rectify the situation.

Grace is the supply from the investment of the life of Jesus in the sacrifice of the cross (Romans 5:15, 19-21, Hebrews 2:10). Grace oozes from that sacrifice. That is why anything that covers the glory of that sacrifice covers grace. Therefore, Paul warned the Galatians that if their faith  does not stand on Christ and him crucified, seeking to live by the law, then they have fallen from grace (Galatians 5:4); that if they eat from the law tree, they will chased out of the garden of grace (my paraphrase).

Salvation is more than coming out after a show of hand to say some words. That is important and a step of faith, but after that is done one should be aware that the grace of God then becomes available to cause the transformational demands of salvation for a life of holiness before God (Titus 2:11-15). That is why you can come as you are to God, but you must have the willingness to be saved by the grace of God, so there is no excuse to remain as you are.

Whatever the spiritual or behavioural advancement that you have experienced, it is put to the grace of God; Paul said, “By the grace of God, I am what I am (1Corinthians 15:10, 3:10).” Whatever activities that he did was due to that grace, whatever assistance he had, whatever opportunity he had for preaching the gospel were all expressions of the grace of God to him.

Even financial riches are described as an expression of God’s grace to us. Paul, writing to the Corinthians, said God is able to make all grace abound towards them (2Corinthians 8:1-9, 19-21, 9:6-15) which would make all their material needs met while they overflow to others in the same.

As previously hinted, spiritual effect is also made through the administration of God’s grace. Other religions rely on the physical processes of instruction and regulations and observances and rituals, but for the Christian you have available the grace of God in Christ Jesus which is your link with divinity.
Those who minister the word, are not just speaking; they are conduits of the grace of God. The messages are called the word of His (Christ’s) grace (John 1:14, Acts 14:3, 20:32). The application of spiritual gift is also called the ministration of God’s grace (1Peter 4:10-11). It is making available to us the ability of God loaded in those messages and actions which are expressions of that spiritual gift.

Therefore, as you read this blog, and others, focus not only on the information that comes from it but see the grace of God flowing to you through them.

Paul said he was given grace to be an apostle (Romans 1:5). Therefore all who occupy the place of the five-fold ministry are only expressing the grace of God in that specific dimension. The grace of God causes you to become what God wants you to be in spiritual service. And it determines your impact. That is why Peter said we should grow in grace (2Peter 3:18) – to grow in grace is to increase in your capacity to as a channel of God’s grace to others. That is the context in which we are supposed to be servants of one another.

Jesus was asked who will be the greatest in the kingdom. He said it is the person who serves the most (Matthew 23:11-12, 20:25-28, Mark 10:43-44, Luke 22:26-27). Greatness is in service and what is served is the grace that flows from the use of that spiritual gift.

Peter and James with one voice said that God gives grace to the humble (1Peter 5:5, James 4:6). It means that it is with humility that we get to be able to increase in becoming a greater outflow of the grace of God to others.

Jesus exhibited the ultimate humility and therefore released the eternal grace to all of us. You can’t be more humble than Jesus. You were not God that had to conform to the shape of man. Through his humility he becomes the conduit of the grace of God and he has been serving people with that grace, since then. And so he is the greatest in the kingdom (Philippians 2:4-11).

You also are called to be a conduit of the grace of God to the level to which you have developed a servant heart. Jesus Christ was motivated by service in making that sacrifice. He said that he was among the disciples as one who serves, someone who seeks to meet the needs of others (being the possibility of grace), not for fame, not to gain attention.

When Zerubbabel was building of the house of God, God’s prophet said, “it is not by power nor might but by the Spirit of God (Zechariah 4:6-9).” He said the building of the temple would be an expression of God’s grace and we know that the Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of grace (Hebrews 10:29).

We are all supposed to be stewards of the grace of God in relative measure. That is why it is written that our words should minister grace to the hearers (Ephesians 4:29). And if we give of our substance, that is an expression of the grace of God to us, of the abundance of God to us.

Therefore grace can also be described as divine abundance, which overflowed to humanity through Jesus Christ. It converts what is divine to what we can experience. And prayer connects with that grace (Hebrews 4:16).

Therefore to preach successfully you have to have been in the place of prayer “collecting” grace to impart to others. That is also what it means to be stewards of God’s grace.

We should therefore seek to be conduits of the grace of God.

 

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