God’s Grace Is Sufficient
We each are unique and play a particular part in the eternal plan of God. We are a piece in the puzzle that is unlike any other. In the Body of Christ local and universal, each of us is a principal spice and member in particular (Ex. 30:22-25; 1Cor. 12:27).
God has a plan that includes you and me. He has a plan to give each of us individually and corporately a hope and a future. “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11 KJV). The Amplified reads, “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not evil, to give you hope in your final outcome”.
God has an expected end for us, a destin(y)ation. We are not here just to take up space. We each have a purpose. God has placed in us gifts, talents, and an anointing, that we are to move in by His grace. Paul said, I am what I am by the grace of God. “But by the grace (unmerited favor and blessing) of God I am what I am, and His grace towards me was not [found to be] for nothing (fruitless and without effect). In fact, I worked harder than all of them [the apostle], though it was not really I, but the grace (unmerited favor and blessing) of God which was with me” (1 Cor. 15:10 AMP).
It wasn’t Paul in himself that was doing the work it was the grace of God. So it is with you and I. Grace is God’s influence and favor to strengthen and empower you for the task He has ordained for your life; the ability to do and succeed in what He has called you to do. Our salvation is given by God’s grace, and all we progress to do, and all that we are being processed toward, is accomplished by the grace of God.
Paul was told God’s grace was all he needed to do what God called him to do. “My grace is enough for you, for power is moment by moment coming to its full energy and complete operation in the sphere of weakness. Therefore, most gladly will I rather boast in my weakness in order that the power of the Christ [like the Shehinah Glory in the Holy of Holies of the Tent of Meetings] may take up its residence in me [working with in me and giving me help]” (2 Cor. 12:9 Wuest).
Our life in Christ is by the grace of God, not of our own works, and self-effort. We are to study, gain knowledge, and receive from others, but the performance of the ministry God has placed in us, is not based on our knowledge, but by His grace taking what we are and using it for His glory. Ps 84:11 says the Lord God is a Sun and Shield, He gives grace and glory. God gives light, illumination, revelation and protection; He gives favor and His presence.
Be all God has called you to be, by His grace. When Paul sought deliverance from something he thought was a hindrance, 3 times he got the same answer; MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT, MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT, MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT.