An ingredient to serving God is a commitment to God’s grace. Time and time again God demonstrates His commitment to us. From the depths of Calvary we discover just how far God would go in the commitment of His grace. I want to relate to you an experience of the Apostle Paul from 2 Corinthians 12, reading from the Message Bible.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 Message Bible
9 and then he told me, “My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.” Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. 10 Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size – abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.
The grace of God is enough! So often we start with grace and end with works. Big mistake. Our limitations become apparent and the desire to quit catches up with us. When discovering just how weak he really was, the Apostle Paul learned to let something else work for him—grace. It was all a matter of focusing and committing to the grace of God, then the experience was on! Christ’s strength moving in on and conquering weaknesses.
Once we experience that it’s through our weakness we are made strong to serve God, as Paul, we will find His grace is enough. When we finally come to the point were we are willing to commit to His grace rather than our strength, our faith is made strong through weakness. In fact, Paul says it is at this point he began appreciating the gift of God’s grace even greater.
That’s what commitment is all about—appreciation of God’s grace. It’s here we never surrender to weakness. It’s here the choice to serve God is made. It’s here we discover the enabling power of God giving grace to complete any assignment He has asked us to do. And everyday, serving all day, we can rely on the grace of God to uphold us.
J. Robert Hanson