LIFESPAN OF GRACE – I
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?” –Romans 6:1
This is the key bible verse for our “Come and See” devotionals today
The bible verse for this devotional was a blunt question to the church in Rome by Apostle Paul and also relevant to us even until now. The ensuing answer to this query is found in the second verse of the same chapter, he wrote “Certainly not…” [Roman 6:2b-New King James Version]. This response lends credence to the striking truth that “Grace” has a lifespan, a limited duration, it can be in short supply or totally eroded in the life of anyone.
It is pertinent to know that only the Almighty God gives Grace and GRACE could be concisely described as divine assistance or enablement. It is God helping you to achieve what you are incapable of doing because of our natural weaknesses. 1 Peter 5 :10 reads “But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.”
Furthermore, it is often said that when the purpose of a thing is not known, its abuse is inevitable. The same with the Grace of God, our understanding of why it came about will govern how much we are willing to give up to ensure its sustenance in our lives. Through Grace, God saved us from the agonising effect of the fall of the first man in the Garden of Eden of God through sin Ephesians 2 verses 8-9 reads “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” [English Standard Version].
It was sin that made men helpless and alienated from God, but the sure Grace of God reconciled us back to the Almighty through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It therefore makes common sense to say that sin (both visible and hidden) is the only thing that can drain the Grace of God in anyone’s life until it becomes completely absent. In Galatians 2 verse 21, Apostle Paul said: “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain”
When the Grace of God is fading away in anyone’s life, the likelihood or prospect to accomplish divine purpose will be highly unlikely. Such life will be void of extra ordinary accomplishments and will not be able to fulfil their God’s given assignment. On the other hand, a Grace filled life is an exemplary way of life. It is a life of distinction and appeal.
When you continually enjoy the Grace of God upon your life, the accompanied signs are obvious. You will experience the help of God in all your affairs and with little effort, you achieve extra ordinary results. In the testimony of his great accomplishment, Apostle Paul wrote: “For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” [1 Corinthians15:9-10-New King James Version]
Let us pray “Father, by your mercy; help me to submit to your will and let Your abundant Grace continually increase in my life daily” in Jesus Might Name Amen
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