The Sufficiency of Grace
Now (as always) we need to remind ourselves and each other that our entire lives are to be lived in dependence upon God’s grace—his unmerited, underserved, and unlimited favor, blessing, protection and provision. Even the Apostle Paul had to learn this lesson; after three times asking God to remove a “thorn in the flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7-8), he received an answer from God—one that he may not have expected, but that he did embrace:
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Paul was content with calamities? Yes, because they provided an opportunity for the grace of God—for the “power of Christ”—to rest upon and strengthen him. Remember the prayer from yesterday’s devotional: “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” (Psalm 115:1)
Here are a few areas where grace is sufficient:
“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.” Ephesians 2:8-9
“It is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace.” Hebrews 13:9.
“The grace of God has appeared…training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.” Titus 2:11-12
“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:1
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
“Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace.” Ephesians 3:7
“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.” Romans 12:6
Since we are saved by grace, are strengthened by grace, and serve by grace—where do we go to find an unlimited supply of God’s grace?
“The only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:14-17